[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!