[Editorīs Note: This story picks up from an illegal nighttime raid by Portland Police on August 10, 2005 at the home of Roger Weidner in order to arrest Lynnae Lake and take her 9 year daughter, Emily, into īprotectiveī custody, but the genesis of the story lies in Lynnaeīs activities to bring legal action against a chemical plant located 5 miles from her home in Michigan. Accusing someone of being a īchild abuserī, of course, and putting the Child Protective Services dogs on them is the fastest way, unfortunately, to take out a muckraker these days The unbelievably abusive and criminal behavior of the Portland Police in this case exceeds anything that Iīve read of in recent memory. The child custody hearing on this case was moved up to Monday, August 15, 2005. ..Ken Adachi]
By Will Gaston
[link to educate-yourself.org]
August 14, 2005
Portland, Oregon. On August 10, 2005, Lynnae Lake, Family Rights activist from Michigan and co-host of "A Voice for Children Radio Show" was arrested at the home of Roger Weidner, long time defender of family rights. When Roger attempted to discover why police surrounded his house and that of his 95 year old mother.
Weidner was told by police "you know why we are here - where are they?".
Weidner said he had no idea what they were talking about and where was their warrant?
Roger was told they "didnīt need a warrant". Roger was immediately arrested and thrown into the back of a police car - one of seven which surrounded his house. .
Twelve police officers of the Portland Police Department stormed into the house terrorizing his 95 year old mother as she took a bath. No names were called out, nor did they attempt to identify who they were searching for. The search went on for an hour.
Lynnae and her 9 year old daughter were in the basement calling individuals to say that the police had broken into Rogerīs house and had arrested Roger for unknown reasons and were pounding all over upstairs on both levels. Lynnae and her daughter were told by people on the phone to secure themselves as safely as possible while attempts were going to be made to see what was going on.
The police spent many long minutes banging around and just saying "Come out!. We know you are here". Finally they headed for the basement calling they were bringing attack dogs and "they" would be bitten.
Frightened beyond belief and in complete fear for their lives, Emily and her mom prayed for relief from this unknown attack from without. The dog was heard snarling and growling and the police saying "get īem, get īem" and "down, down" apparently to the snarling animal. The police also said tasers were going to be used. Again, total terror reigned as the mom and Emily cried and prayed for this nightmare to end.
A door was kicked in and all kinds of shouting occurred on the part of the police. The police then pepper sprayed 9 year old Emily. Emily was completely without the ability to breathe and was instantly throwing up. Her mother tried to rinse her, pushing her under a shower and trying to get her to breathe. The police turned off the water and the mom turned it back on and the shower was again turned on and off over and over. The Mom cried out "for heavenīs sake she is just a child!!!"
And the police pepper sprayed them again with Emily once again getting the worst of it.
Mom was thrown and tackled on the basements steps by several officers while Emily was ripped from her arms. Emily was choking and screaming "donīt hurt my mom" and "I want my mom" while other officers held her.
Lynnae was handcuffed and hauled up the stairs and thrown on the floor of the breakfast nook. The police themselves were all choking, gagging and coughing. Emily was removed screaming from the house. The police said to her "it is OK, you can trust us we are the police". Emily said "you are the police, I DONīT trust you" and the officers said "oh, good parent to teach your child that!".
Emily was forced to watch her mom being hauled out to a police car and driven away, Roger Weidner, whom she also trusted, was also in a police car. She called out "I love you " to her mom and her mom called back "I love you too donīt forget the phone" and then was gone.
Roger was then released from the police car while Emily was taken away in a another police car. At no time was a DHS/CPS worker seen to protect the safety of this little girl - but hey, isnīt that the policeīs job too?
Emily was allowed to make a phone call out several hours later to Nancy Luckhurst of the Foundation for Childrenīs Rights in Michigan and the caseworker promised both of them that Emily would be allowed to call again. Emily has not been heard from since.
In jail, the mother was severely beaten and threatened several times. At no time were charges expressed against her or was she read her rights. She on the other hand demanded by what authority had kidnapped her and her child and arrested them all on assault and battery, kidnapping and unlawful endangerment of individuals particularly a minor child. She repeatedly demanded the inmate manual and complaint forms. She demanded the whereabouts of her daughter and for someone to check on Mrs. Weidner as she believed that Roger too had been arrested.
One police officer (of two who were pulling her hair, while three others held her while she was double shackled) screamed "how would you like me to rip your fucking hair out of your scalp?" Plucky woman that she is, she replied just as loudly "DO IT" and they did.
About 24 hours later now charges were supposed to be against Lynnae for custodial interference, but the charges never matured. An arraignment was to be held. Surprisingly, this arraignment was at the same time as a "secret" "shelter hearing held in another court was going on for Emily. No notice of this "shelter" hearing for Emily was given to Lynnae.
This family is well known and loved here in Oregon and by me personally. Many supporters rallied on such short notice and different groups went to the different courts.
No arraignment happened for Lynnae - no charges were brought and she was told she would be released in a couple of hours. Because of no charges or arraignment of Lynnae I was able to head over to the "shelter" hearing with a group of outraged citizens.
Lynnae found out through a phone call she was allowed to make to Nancy Luckhurst back in Michigan that there was a hearing for Emily happening at the same time. She demanded to the "court officers" of the jail her right to be at this hearing and the fact she had not been served notice. She was basically told ītoo badī.
Several hours went by and release did not come. Two officers said "we have good news and bad news: you have no charges, but now you have a fugitive warrant from Michigan and we canīt let you out". Lynnae calmly said OK and called Nancy once again to say she was now not going to be released.
Not one professional, including the court attorney appointed for Lynnae, Lissa Kaufman , even mentioned the fact the mother was not served notice of the "shelter" hearing and that this hearing should be postponed until such time as she could attend.
The Gallery held at least 12 supporters of this family including myself, Will Gaston, Roger Weidner, Susan Detlefsen of Motherinterrupted TV show, a DHS worker who had been on Susanīs show stating the corruption of the system, and Larry Jackson a prominent business and newspaper man. Many stood on the authority of AMICUS CUREA (Friend of the Court) to protest the hearing, the fact the mother was not present, Emily was not present among other things.
Judge Waller allowed the supporters to speak and said she could not move forward with anything as there were no charges pending against Lynnae and they only had a pick up order from Michigan but did not have the paperwork so had no authority to proceed. After much discussion about scheduling the next hearing was set for Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 1 PM.
Friday, August 12: Sometime in the afternoon, Lynnae was set free. She found the elderly Mrs. Weidner ( 95 years old) still traumatized by the events of 3 days prior. She kept crying and praying for Emily and asking how could the police take a child who is calling and crying for her mother. She went to her knees a few times to pray for Emily. She kept saying "Emily, my princess, what can be happening to her. Why would they take her from her mother that loves her so. I used to work for child abuse services there is no abuse of that little girl they love each other very much". This has also been captured on video and will be presented to the judge.
At about 4:15 pm after several calls to attorney Lissa Kaufmanīs office where she was told Ms Kaufman was unavailable until Monday she did get a chance to speak to the legal assistant. She was told very little was known and could she (the assistant) call back and set an appointment for Monday morning at 11:30 to meet with Kaufman. She was however given JD Devros the caseworker/supervisorīs number to call about Emily.
At 5:05 PM the legal assistant called back asking if Lynnae had been able to reach Devros ( no) and said she had been on the phone with him herself. At this time Lynnae was informed of the case number, that Kaufman had requested parenting time with Emily prior to the next hearing, that Devors had been given the contact information and was going to set up that and talk to her (HAS NOT HAPPENED) and that the new shelter hearing had been ADVANCED TO Monday, August 15 at 1PM. She said this was done without finding out if any attorney was available. She said there would be no time to with attorney Kaufman except possibly a half hour prior to the hearing. Also Lynnae was informed at that time that following Mondayīs hearing Emily would be sent back to Michigan.
Of course, Lynnae protested all of this and again protested the fact she had not been served notice. She was told she would be served at court.
Now this is AFTER 5 PM and on a FRIDAY where no state offices or courts are open.
Lynnae did call Devros and left a lengthy message. She also found the email address for Devros and has sent emails to him - again with no response.
Susan Detleftsen provided Judge Wallerīs email and the Judge has been receiving email also.
The Portland Mayor (and former Police Chief) is Tom Potter [link to www.portlandonline.com (secure)]
has also been hearing about this along with many thousands of individuals, activists, news media and legislators across the nation and the world. The White House has been contacted.
All individuals including legislators back in Michigan are livid about what has taken place here in our "fair" state to "protect" the mental, emotional and physical safety of children and specifically this little tiny child.
I, Pamela Gastonīs husband, president and founder at "A Voice for Children", founding member of the 5th Amendment Coalition, Founding member of AFRA (American Family Rights Association) founding of OFRA (Oregon Family Rights Association) and ranking officer in Gideonīs Army am OUTRAGED.
We are calling for an all out press of people to attend this phony, unlawful hearing and once again observe the fraud of the court and the outright corruption and conspiracy that holds us ALL in its evil clutches.
Pray for this family - let your voices be heard in hitting "reply all" and add your VOICES in getting this poor little girl FREE and back in the arms of her loving but devastated parent. You will be reaching the Judge and the caseworker on this case.
Hiding Place Becomes Scorched Earth
August 12, 2005
The Lynnae and Emily Lake story
By Leonard Henderson
[link to familyrights.us]
On August 10, 2005, a mother and daughter were violently taken into custody by at least seven Portland Oregon cops with no warrant. The mother, Lynnae Lake, did not resist arrest, but the cops beat the daylights out of her. The cops were reminded of their Constitutional responsibility in making an arrest, and replied "We donīt need a warrant and we donīt have to give her her rights".
The daughter, 9 year old Emily Lake, tried to protect her mother and was pepper sprayed TWICE.
Which leads one to wonder if the cops even knew why they were on the call.
The "authorities" are pretending that this is a "child abuse" case. Other than the egregious abuse of Emily by the "Child Protectors" when they had her in custody in the past, this case is about PROPERTY, land and home.
The way I understand it-
In Michigan, there is a lovely piece of land situated close to a lovely river in a lovely valley. This lovely scene is located about 5 miles downstream from a chemical plant. The chemical plant had destroyed the river and poisoned the land. Lynnae Lake had sought redress from the chemical companyīs damage to her property value.
In short order, a "child abuse" allegation surfaces. There is no quicker way to make your political troubles "go away" than a child abuse allegation against a parent. The CPS agency will go after the parent with malicious disregard for fact, truth or the Constitutional protections afforded to CRIMINALS. This is after all, a CIVIL case.
The accused instantly finds their credibility, honor, and social standing destroyed. Shortly, the accused will lose their job and their financial ability to defend themselves. There is nothing to "win". With the weight of the entire system arrayed against them, and no remaining credibility, the only choice for some people is to FLEE.
The Underground Railroad.
Yes, just like the Underground Railroad for the slaves in the middle 1800īs, there is an underground railroad today. It is called "FamTrak". It is only for PROVABLY INNOCENT parents and their children. The operation of "FamTrak" has been severely curtailed over the past 4 years due to Americaīs rapid slide into being a Surveillance State due to the "War against Terror". "Political correctness" dictates that the government is NOT looking specifically for (profiling) middle eastern men between 15 and 50 years old. In order to be "fair", Everybodyīs movements and travels are surveilled.
Lynnae and Emily Lake were "FamTrak" travelers. They were being protected while advocates in Michigan were plowing through the political labyrinth of Michigan politics to expose this case for what it really is.
The Lake Family
I have been privileged to spend a couple of afternoons with Lynnae and Emily Lake. I found Lynnae (the mom) to be highly intelligent with impressive knowledge and experience with the technical aspects of electronics. I was impressed with her uncompromising insistence on truth, accuracy and high moral and ethical standards. Emily Lake (the daughter), like most homeschoolers was very well-spoken, polite, and quiet, exuded a high intellect. She was terrified at the possibility of ending back in CPSī talons based on her previous terrible experiences in foster care. Unfortunately, her fear of abusive treatment by the authorities continues to be prophetic.
Lynnae Lake has been released by Portland Police due to no warrant or pickup order existed. Emily Lake remains in Oregon Child Protective Service (CPS) custody. The dependency or shelter hearing had been postponed to Wednesday, August 17 has now been mysteriously moved to Monday, August 15 which rather inconveniences the defense to 15 minutes to prepare to appear.
Advocates and activists all over the country are rallying to the Lakeīs defense.
For a common place for everybody to "meet up" and share information and updates, please go to-
[link to groups.yahoo.com]
Membership is currently set to OPEN, so you can join right up and share what you want to about the Lake case.
"Someone who does not know the difference between good and evil is worth nothing." Miecyslaw Kasprzyk, Polish rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust, New York Times, Jan. 30, 2005