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(Un) Civil (ized) Asset Forfeiture
Making Money? No — Consuming Money, Printing Money, Destroying Value, and Indebting Future Generations
Dear Drug Policy Reformers,
In case you thought Drug Prohibition was a time-honored tradition which should go on in perpetuity you should probably see an overview of how long it’s been a “tradition.”
Drug Prohibition is intrinsically flawed.
Now that the handouts have stopped evolving so much it’s time to address an accusation some have made against them, “propaganda.” Since the handouts don’t have enough space to cite every source, I
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.
He has created a multitude of new offices, and sent swarms of officers to harass our people, and consume every resource.
This video gives a quick overview of the problem of (un)Civil Asset Forfeiture. All they have to do is make an accusation, then take your stuff, no proof is needed, no trial, just an accusation.
Institute for Justice, Tackling the Grotesque Conflict-of-Interest of Policing for Profit Called Civil Asset Forfeiture
Institute for Justice: http://ij.org
Search site for “forfeiture.”
Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture, March 2010
By Marian R. Williams, Ph.D., Jefferson E. Holcomb, Ph.D., Tomislav V. Kovandzic, Ph.D., Scott Bullock
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Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets—all without so much as charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property.
Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent.
Federal laws encourage even more civil forfeiture abuse through a loophole called “equitable sharing” that allows law enforcement to circumvent even the limited protections of state laws. With equitable sharing, law enforcement agencies can and do profit from forfeitures they wouldn’t be able to under state law.
It’s time to end civil forfeiture. People shouldn’t lose their property without being convicted of a crime, and law enforcement shouldn’t be able to profit from other people’s property.
There is also a video which goes with it: Policing for Profit - The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture
The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?”
A public health scientist loses his retirement and part of his farm in fight to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee.
Yet another example, caught on video, of the corrupting influence of prohibition. Cops caught on their own video cameras threatening each other with who gets to grab money from their victims.
Have you ever been in a conversation with a belligerent Drug Warrior or prohibitionist who can’t give you any intelligent responses as to why to end prohibition but instead relies on insults, terro