America’s asset-forfeiture scam is law enforcement’s disgrace
Civil forfeiture allows the government to deprive citizens of their property even when it doesn’t even try to prove that the citizen committed a crime. In 2014 the government took more money from citizens than burglars stole from crime victims.
It’s a gigantic law-enforcement scam … and it’s a constitutional atrocity. It’s a constitutional atrocity… Jeff Sessions revived an abusive program that allows state authorities to seize property and then transfer the property to the federal government to implement the forfeiture process. Once the Feds obtain forfeiture, they then share the proceeds with the seizing state agency. This allows state law enforcement to explicitly circumvent state forfeiture restrictions and profit while doing so.
Orignial Article (National Review):
America’s Asset-Forfeiture Scam Is Law Enforcement’s Disgrace
Artwork Fair Use: Dalziel Brothers