Barry Cooper is currently running for Attorney General of Texas on a “Pro-Gun, Pro-Pot, Pro-Family” platform, and when he gives a speech you can feel the excitement and energy he brings to the room. His bold, charismatic, “in your face” style is always balanced with good-natured humor as he speaks passionately to audiences about the injustices and prejudices of American society that he has witnessed first-hand, both as a former law enforcement officer and current political activist.
THE COOPER FAMILY
Barry lives with his wife and business partner Candi in Austin, Texas along with their four kids who are taught using a combination of public and home schooling. The result? Their 16-year-old daughter Kelsie just finished her first semester at Austin Community College, after completing only one year of high school. Barry believes in keeping a tight connection with his family because he has seen what happens to kids who grow up in torn families. “When I was young, I would always ask older people what they would change in their life if they could go back in time. The majority stated that they would have spent more time with their kids. Candi and I won’t have that regret.”
Barry is an eight-year veteran of Texas law enforcement, and began his career as a police dispatcher for the Gladewater Police Department. He was soon hired by the Big Sandy Police Department, where he trained his own narcotics detector dog and shortly thereafter became one of the top highway interdiction officers in East Texas.
Barry was eventually hired by the Permian Basin Drug Task Force in Odessa, Texas, where he received extensive training in all aspects of drug interdiction, and worked joint operations with the ATF, DEA, FBI, Border Patrol and U.S. military. Barry also served as a police academy instructor and field training officer.
CHANGE OF HEART
Barry now admits that during his “tour of duty” in the War on Drugs, his conscience often bothered him while seeing everyday, hard-working, non-violent citizens torn from their children and spouses and placed in jail for drug possession after a raid or traffic stop.
“I knew what I was doing was wrong, but my need for fame, adrenaline and peer acceptance overrode my good conscience.”
Barry now realizes that the War on Drugs is actually a War on People — and that is something he intends to change when elected Attorney General of Texas.
“This ‘War on People’ is a failed policy. We have more prisoners of this War in jail then ever before, yet even the DEA admits we have more potent drugs and a larger supply of drugs available at a cheaper price than ever before.”
After leaving law enforcement, Barry began building small businesses for a living. He is the former owner of three car dealerships, a tire shop, a nightclub, a limousine service and a cage fighting company. Barry continued his education by returning to college and joining the debate team where he learned skills that he uses to educate people about the enormous amount of propaganda and disinformation used by the government.
Barry also currently works as an expert witness in the field of police misconduct and he was recently a guest instructor for the Texas Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association.
NEVER GET BUSTED
It was clear to Barry that the courts were doing nothing to uphold the 4th amendment rights of citizens which protects them from unreasonable searches and arrests. This is when Barry decided to release the “Never Get Busted” series of DVDs, in order to teach otherwise law-abiding citizens how to stay out of jail for something as harmless as the possession and use of marijuana. That said, Barry is by no means soft on crime when there are actual victims. And as a former police officer, he knows all too well the strain the War on Drugs is placing on law enforcement.
“If we released all non-violent drug offenders from prison tomorrow, we would empty 55% of the federal prisons, save billions of taxpayer’s dollars, have room in our prisons for the people who really belong there – the sex offenders, violent criminals, murderers and thieves who cause harm against persons and property. If somebody abuses drugs and they harm persons or their property, then I have no problem with locking them up for the damage they have done. Place them in jail for the real crime, not the drug. Locking people away just for taking a substance causes far more harm to society than the drugs ever did.
Millions of citizens (mostly children) take methamphetamine safely every day in the form of Ritalin and Adderall. I don’t agree with giving our children these medications but the point is, they take it safely without committing crimes. I grew up when methamphetamine was legal and commonly prescribed for weight loss to millions of citizens. These citizens took the methamphetamine daily without committing crimes. Similarly, millions of citizens take heroin every day in the form of Hydrocodone and Oxycontin and never commit crimes.
Years ago my grandparents could legally purchase cocaine as a wonderful “pick me up” just like coffee. They never committed any crimes. Citizens have been terrified of this drug because of the insane propaganda that bombarded their televisions and newspapers during the crack wars of the 80’s.
Prohibition does not work and never will. Prohibition never changes the demand for anything, it only changes the supplier. My grandfather would much rather have kept buying his liquor from Jack Daniels but prohibition forced him to go to Al Capone for the alcohol. Americans would much rather purchase their pot cigarettes from Marlboro but they are forced to give their money to the cartels because of prohibition. Same for coke, heroin and meth. Can methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine be harmful? Yes they can and so can automobiles, swimming, alcohol, tobacco and prescription pills but these are not prohibited. Crimes against persons and property are the only acts that should be prohibited. Character imperfections such as selfishness and dishonor cause people to commit crimes, not the drugs. Drugs never cause people to do things against their will. Legalize, educate and control but don’t prohibit.”
Shortly after releasing the Never Get Busted DVDs, Barry’s story made the front page of the Dallas Observer and Houston Press and got picked up by over 300 other newspapers and magazines around the world, including Rolling Stone, High Times, Radar and Cannabis Culture.
Barry has also been a featured guest on many well-known radio and television talk shows, including Geraldo At Large on Fox, Tucker Carlson on MSNBC, The Adam Corolla Radio Show, Playboy Radio, the Mike and Juliet Morning Show and the syndicated Todd and Tyler Radio Show. He was also recently featured on two episodes of the hit Spike TV show, Manswers.
Coming off the success of Never Get Busted, Barry took his “War on the War on Drugs” to a whole new level with the Internet reality show KopBusters. After being asked for help by the father of a girl who had been framed for drug possession by a group of corrupt police officers in Odessa, Texas, Barry used his extensive law enforcement training to catch the officers conducting an illegal raid on a “grow house” containing two miniature Christmas trees.
Since Barry had rented the house and wired it with hidden cameras, he was able to capture the raid on video and prove the police lied to obtain the search warrant. The sting also exposed a judge’s willingness to sign a warrant without probable cause.
The first episode of KopBusters was so popular that it attracted over 2 million hits in just two days and the word “KopBusters” ranked number ten as the most searched for word on Google. The sting brought so much attention to the Odessa PD that the judge in the girl’s case was forced to re-examine the evidence against her. (The outcome of the appeal process has yet to be decided.)
Since KopBusters first appeared on the Internet in late 2008, Barry has signed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television to produce a scripted series based on his life. He has also signed a deal with a New York company to produce KopBusters as a reality show.
Barry’s campaign strategy is to win votes by traveling across Texas and stinging crooked police officers with his KopBusters film crew in tow. Along with this unique form of high-profile media campaign, Barry is also going grassroots by sending out campaign supporters to courthouses across Texas. Their mission is to teach jury members that they have the right to not convict people for laws they think are unfair.
Within 30 days of being sworn in as Attorney General of Texas, Barry will order every Police Chief and Sheriff in the state to travel to Austin and attend my three-day conference outlining how the Texas Criminal “Injustice System” is going to change. Barry outlines the new policies:
“Just as police must be tazed to carry a tazer, all police will have to spend a night in jail (away from the population for safety) as part of their yearly sensitivity training. This certainly would have helped me be a more compassionate officer if I had had to smell the smells, hear the sounds, feel the staleness and eat the food in our Texas prisons.”
“Since all citizen lawsuits against police will go to my office, I will have a “Zero-Tolerance” policy regarding any officer who performs an illegal search and/or violates a citizen’s civil rights. I will pay the citizens a settlement and the officer will be fired immediately.”
“I will begin approving lawsuits from prisoners living in overcrowded and inhumane conditions. This will force the private and state prisons to release the non-violent citizens of Texas, because the prisons will not be able to afford the high cost of paying prisoners for legitimate civil rights violations.”
“I will invite the ATF out of Texas, allowing voters to decide what gun laws are to be enforced. Full protection of the Second Amendment is a key component of my campaign platform.”
“I will make the enforcement of any marijuana-related crimes the absolute lowest priority for Texas law enforcement. I will also be quick to consider any searches or arrests for marijuana “unreasonable.” This will not only discourage marijuana arrests in Texas but will also get cops to start going after the real criminals.”
“I may not be able to make the laws as your Attorney General, but I can approve any lawsuits from citizens who were arrested for using a harmless plant.”
“In closing, I’m not soft on crime — I’m just hard on unjust and unfair laws. And thanks in advance for your vote!”