CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE MUST END NOW!!!
A cop pulls you over in Barstow right after you just won $10,000 at the casino in Vegas. You're driving home. You've broken no laws. He says that you have a tail light out and to get out of the car. He searches your car and pats you down and finds your money. He takes your money. He says that you were driving through a known drug trafficking corridor towards a known drug buying area. The money now belongs to the government. He also confiscates your car, saying that it is involved in possible drug dealing. You are charged with nothing, but you are left with no money and no car. You ask when you're getting your money and your car back and you find out that it was all sent to the US Department of Justice. It's gone. What you don't know is that the US DOJ then sends 80% of your money and the proceeds from the sale of your car back to the police in Barstow, CA. You will never see it or your car again. You had no trial because in fact you didn't even have any charges brought against you.
And Jeff Sessions thinks this is great. So does Kamala Harris. So do the cops that get the majority of the money to buy new police cars, guns, and law enforcement toys and attend conferences in Hawaii, etc. It's a scam and it's a big one. And it has to stop.
This is called Civil Asset Forfeiture, and it's really nothing more than the government taking your money and your property without giving you your due process rights under the Constitution. It's legal, but it's really illegal under the Constitution, and it's becoming a major issue. The voices of the people are beginning to rise, the tide is turning against the crooked cops and government agencies that are involved in this absolute abuse of power and position.
Even though certain states have outlawed it or regulated it, the law enforcement agencies are still getting around those state laws by sending the money to the US DOJ, circumventing state laws, and have a nice kickback scheme in place with the Feds on this. No wonder Sessions loves it. Over a billion dollars was taken from people last year this way. Its an outrage, we should be marching on Washington about it, but nobody is doing anything to prevent it, save the ACLU and the NRA who have teamed up to put an end to it. They have an interest in stopping it as it is a Constitutional right that they are protecting and fight for, which is what they do.
The cases are insane. Honest law abiding citizens that run businesses, are farmers, grocery store owners, or own property are under attack by police and other agencies that simply want to cash in on their lives work. A motel owner had his motel seized because someone he rented a room to did a drug deal at the motel. Not his fault, but the police twisted the story to say that he was somehow complicit in the deal and therefore, the motel now belonged to the government. Businesses that do a lot of cash transactions are ripe for the IRS and police to seize using this bullshit Civil Asset Forfeiture loophole that they are exploiting to enrich themselves. They say that the cash deposits that are being made are from drug deals or are the result of an attempt to launder drug money, even though all they really are is the daily receipts of cash from the grocery store or liquor store that you own. It might be $2,000 or $5,000 a day, always deposited like a good citizen, always claimed as income on the tax return. Doesn't matter. If they want it, they just take it. The farmer that sells his produce for cash each day and deposits that cash in the bank. Somehow he's now a drug dealer. They seize his account and even take his farm, saying that this is where the deals go down, so they now own the farm. And, the burden of proof isn't upon the police or the DOJ. Oh no. You have to spend $50,000 on an attorney and fight to get your property or money back by suing the DOJ and the law enforcement agency. It might take years. And you have to somehow prove that you're NOT a drug dealer.
What the hell kind of country is this that will allow this to go on? It's not the America that I thought we lived in.
The stories go on and on. There are thousands if not tens of thousands of these stories. They seize first, the ask questIons later and they make YOU bear the burden of proving you didn't do anything wrong. In other words, you have to prove a negative, which is not only unfair, its nearly impossible, it costs you more in legal fee's than what they may have taken from you (stolen from you). The incentive to the LE agencies is strong, and it changes their behavior. They want to take your money, they want to find a reason to take your money because they get to keep most of it. It allows them to pay big salaries and big overtime bills, buy new cars and new Tasers, drones to spy on you with, and other "neato" law enforcement toys.
Jeff Sessions, if there wasn't a reason to get rid of you due to your Russian recusal, there is now. You like the idea of taking innocent people's money without giving them due process, and for that, YOU NEED TO GO!!!
REMAIN VIGILANT AMERICA!!!