"Civil Asset Forfeiture" Is to "Stealing" as "Enhanced Interrogation" Is to "Torture"

Your local police force has a new motto: To serve and protect and steal. Your property, including cold hard cash, can be legally taken from you even if you’re not guilty or a crime, or even if you aren’t charged with one. Civil asset forfeiture isn’t a new legal loophole that cops have found to take your stuff and use it to pay their own salaries, but this new statistic makes this grave injustice all that more enraging…

“Last year, according to the Institute for Justice, the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds. That same year, the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 billion.”

That’s right, not only are the police officers taking your stuff -- for no good legal reason -- they are taking MORE of it than the criminals they protect you from, and furthermore, they are getting even better at it. Take a look at this graph:

Civil Asset Forfeiture graph from Washington Post Wonk Blog - Police Take More of Your Personal Items Than Burglars

In the past ten years, they’ve more than quintupled the property and cash they’ve taken from citizens. It’s no wonder that the police forces have more new toys, like tanks, tear gas, and armored vehicles, all meant to strike fear into the hearts of the people they are sworn to serve and protect.

What do you think of this astounding trend? Sound on below!


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