Great news: Law enforcement now officially America’s biggest theft ring

Great news: Law enforcement now officially America’s biggest theft ring
Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount/ Washington Post

[Ed. – Civil forfeiture is insanely out of hand.  It won’t be enough for the feds to do something about this; states and cities will have to tackle it as well.  What do we have all those Republican-held state legislatures for, if not things like this?]

The Washington Post obtained a database from the Justice Department containing details about 212,000 seizures. The following are just a few of the horrifying cases exposed by the Washington Post:

  • Police confiscated $32,000 from a New York man after stopping him because he had a cracked windshield
  • Police confiscated $17,550 from a Virginia man after stopping him because his car windows were tinted
  • Police confiscated $13,000 from a North Carolina man after stopping him for no offense whatsoever
  • Police confiscated $2,400 from a Nevada man after stopping him for no offense whatsoever

How widespread is this invasion of civil liberties? The total unconstitutional police seizures now exceed $4.5 billion per year.  By comparison, according to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses was $3.9 billion. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals!

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