Police State USA: Civil Forfeiture Under Presumption of Guilt

By: Mike Shedlock | Thu, Oct 9, 2014
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Where in the world can police confiscate your money and your property, not charge you with any crime, then tell you there is absolutely nothing you can do about it?

The answer, which you may not have known (but might have guessed from the title), is none other than the USA, where people mistakenly presume the law says innocent until proven guilty.


Legalized Robbery

In a report called Stop and Seize, the Washington Post details how aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes.

The Washington Post noted there have been 61,998 cash seizures made on highways and elsewhere since 9/11 without search warrants or indictments. Law enforcement agencies confiscated more than $2.5 billion. Half of the seizures were below $8,800. Here are a few examples.


John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture

The above examples are outrageous, but the following one detailed by John Oliver is far worse.

Matt Lee, from Lake Station, Michigan was driving to California with $2,400 in cash his dad lent him to start a new business. In a routine traffic ticket pullover, police asked Lee if he was carrying any money. Lee told the police he had $2,400 from his dad and the police promptly confiscated the money.

The police officer told Lee "I have concluded my investigation and am keeping the money because you are traveling to California to buy drugs."

It is incredulous to believe someone would travel all the way from Michigan to California to buy a mere $2,400 in drugs. Yet, that was the conclusion of the officer.

It is amazing, and scary, that this happens in the US.

But it happens all the time. "Everyday I do this. It's all I do for a living. It's drug interdiction and I get money," said the Nevada police officer.

Let's describe Civil Forfeiture as it really is: Police State USA in which police act as judge and jury, with a presumption of guilt, and steal what they want for their own benefit.

Traveling to the USA? CBC news in Canada explicitly advises of the American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money.

 


 

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