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How Police Seized $68 Billion from Americans

Institute for Justice | December 15, 2020

Civil forfeiture is a massive unjustified threat to property and due process rights. As the third edition of Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture shows, most state laws still stack the deck against property owners and give law enforcement perverse financial incentives to pursue property over justice.

Proponents claim forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool, but new research finds otherwise: There was no increase in crime after New Mexico abolished civil forfeiture and the profit incentive in 2015. Strong forfeiture reform does not sacrifice public safety.

As states and Congress look for ways to create a fairer criminal justice system, one reform everyone should be able to agree on is ending civil forfeiture and the perverse profit incentive that fuels it.

https://ij.org/report/policing-for-pr…

States Are Finally Revoking Cops’ License To Steal

By Jacob Sullum | From the January 2021 issue of reason

When cops invaded Ginnifer Hency’s home in Smiths Creek, Michigan, they seized TV sets, ladders, her children’s cellphones and iPads, even her vibrator. “They took everything,” she told state legislators a year later. The July 2014 raid turned up six ounces of marijuana.

Hency, a mother of four with multiple sclerosis, was using marijuana for pain relief based on her neurologist’s recommendation, as allowed by Michigan law at the time. … continue

December 22, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Corruption, Video |

1 Comment »

  1. What on Earth has happened to the USA? “The home of the brave and the land of the free”? This sort of action would not be tolerated in any other “Free and Democratic” Country on Earth.

    The American people are being ruthlessly screwed, by the various State governments, and who can they turn to for Justice?
    Where is your “GOD” when you really need him?

    Like

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 22, 2020 | Reply


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