It has been a year and a half since there was mention of this here. There are also posts from 2017 and 2018. This outrage has come up once again today with a post on Drudge so I thought the subject might merit its own thread.
The authorities just went nuts in Los Angeles, stealing people’s valuables without justification, using the excuse of searching for drug money . . . or whatever. Reform of the law is, and has been, desperately needed. This is nothing new. But the reform is not happening, the abuse is ongoing, and people are being significantly harmed. Here is a link to Drudge’s item, the latest incident:
They steal your stuff and then give you the finger. Be careful out there.
The ACLU says:
Police abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws has shaken our nation’s conscience. Civil forfeiture allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.
Forfeiture was originally presented as a way to cripple large-scale criminal enterprises by diverting their resources. But today, aided by deeply flawed federal and state laws, many police departments use forfeiture to benefit their bottom lines, making seizures motivated by profit rather than crime-fighting. For people whose property has been seized through civil asset forfeiture, legally regaining such property is notoriously difficult and expensive, with costs sometimes exceeding the value of the property.