Reprimand LA County Jail for Torturing Imprisoned Health Food Store Owner

Target: Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California

Goal: Vilify LA County jail for grotesque mistreatment of James Stewart, peaceful farmer and owner of Rawesome Foods

Last year, over a dozen FDA agents and armed LA police raided a raw-foodie market in Venice Beach. The federal intrusion and its implications for foodies, farmers, and health-seeking citizens was a shock, but the gruesome experiences that lay ahead for shop owner James Stewart were devastating. Little has been said or done on behalf of his suffering; it is time to encourage Governor Brown vindicate a peaceful man’s honor and basic human rights.

The raid alone was an outrage. Stewart – humiliated in front of weeping patrons – was arrested at the scene. He was charged with felony accounts of conspiracy, running an unlicensed milk plant, and processing milk without pasteurization (Stewart and his farmers monitored raw milk production to ensure its innocuous and wholesome benefits).

Stewart’s next arrest on March 2, 2012 occurred during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles. He was brought into question regarding a faulty bank loan years prior in Ventura County, even though this had nothing to do with the matter at hand. His bail was posted at one million dollars – five times the amount of bail posted that morning for the Bloods’ founder charged for murder with gang allegations.

Stewart was transferred to one of the worst jails in the country: Twin Towers in Downtown LA. He was isolated, “red-banded” (a red sleeve symbolizing a violent terrorist), laden with heavy chains and excruciatingly tight handcuffs, and strapped to a cell bench where his mobility was limited to about six inches in each direction. Government officials continued to abuse 65 year old Stewart and detained him under tortuous conditions for eight days.  James Stewart was subjected to hypothermia, a floor covered in raw human sewage, sleep deprivation, and starvation.

The media has hushed most all news regarding Civil Rights for Food, the Food-Freedom Movement, and the ramifications instated for raw milk providers like Stewart and his consumers – most likely out of fear for the large corporations that produce legal (delicious, hormone pumped, puss-filled, pasteurized milk). Information can be found online via certain articles and activism sites when searched, including interviews with James Stewart where he describes his sufferings while detained under this justice system.

James Stewart dedicated his life to creating a wholesome environment for his community, and this is how his community’s officials reciprocate. California’s Governor must vindicate the honor of a peaceful man and vilify all parties involved with the gruesome events at Twin Towers.



Dear Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California:

California holds precedent over other states for being open, honorable, and warm. But when Rawesome was raided in Venice Beach, it created an uproar around town and many individuals were deeply saddened by the arrest of James Stewart (a gentle, generous man who hoped to help foodies attain optimal health). The gruesome abuse of a peaceful citizen that has ensued – the humiliation and pain inflicted by the reckless actions of DA operatives in Los Angeles County – is despicable and unjust. In an interview that can be heard on, Stewart describes his treatment at the LA County Jail.  It is excruciating to hear his accounts of tortuous and unsanitary conditions.

I understand that the current political climate, as well as the monetary ties between media and corporations, can make it difficult to speak out and do the right thing. But I urge you, Governor Brown, to stand up for the rights of one of your own men. It is imperative that those who conducted mistreatment against James Stewart at LA County Jail be reprimanded for their inhumanity.


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  1. The prisons of middle age Europe were like this.

  2. I was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. I grew up drinking raw milk!!! This jail is barbaric!!! Let this man OUT!!!

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