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Trump Threatens to ‘Destroy’ Senator for Bill Making it Harder for Cops to Steal From You

Over the past couple of years, great progress has been made in reforming the insidious practice of civil asset forfeiture (CAF), better known as policing for profit. CAF is one of the biggest threats to property rights employed by government — and Trump apparently wants to keep it.

Using CAF, local police departments and federal government seize cash and assets from innocent people who are never charged with a crime, on the mere suspicion (often fabricated) that the cash or assets were involved in criminal activity.

Even when a person is cleared of wrongdoing, in most states that person must incur legal fees and court costs to get their property back – creating a severe disincentive to even try. Originally set up in the 1980s to drain resources from criminal organization, CAF is now used by police to rake in millions from innocent people – mostly under the guise of war on drugs – so they can buy militarized police gear and further train themselves in the art of oppression.

As the Institute for Justice points out, several states have made significant improvements, effectively abolishing CAF by requiring a criminal conviction for government to keep cash and assets. These laudable reforms have, of course, been heavily criticized by law enforcement, who only sees a threat to their profits.

But now, it appears civil asset forfeiture reform has encountered a major obstacle in the form of President Trump.

On Tuesday, Trump met with sheriffs from around the country to hear their concerns, as the president has vowed to pursue a “law and order” agenda. There, Texas Sheriff Harold Eavenson complained about efforts in his state to end policing for profit.

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There’s a state senator in Texas that was talking about legislation to require conviction before we could receive that forfeiture money,” said Eavenson.

Can you believe that?” Trump said in response. “Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.

This shocking statement was met with laughter from the crowd of cops, but Trump’s face remained dead serious. Eavenson even seemed taken aback, and did not offer the name of the state senator who dares to suggest requiring a criminal conviction before seizing someone’s property.

The apparent willingness of Trump to destroy the career of lawmakers who believe private property and civil liberties should be protected is just one more indication of Trump’s rather frightening authoritarian tendencies. When it means seizing cash and property and perpetuating the war on drugs, the mantra of less government is forgotten.

Eavenson defended the president, suggesting that he didn’t really mean what he said.

He was just being emphatic that he did not agree with that senator’s position,” Eavenson said, adding of the senator in question, “I’m not into assassinating his character.”

But if there’s anything we have learned about Trump, it’s that he is unpredictable and not afraid to stoop to shocking levels of deception and aggression.

According to Dallas News:

“Two Texas senators have offered legislation this year to require conviction before someone’s assets could be seized. Sen. Konni Burton, a Republican who often pushes civil-liberties legislation to protect personal information and property, was a fierce critic of Trump during the campaign.

She and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, a McAllen Democrat, have formed an unlikely team pushing this asset forfeiture legislation.”

Other Republicans have supported the measure, as their constituents have become aware of the threat to property rights and civil liberties CAF poses.

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The target of the sheriff’s and Trump’s ire is still unknown, but Sen. Burton is not being intimidated and has penned a response, which she posted on Twitter.

I have never met with Sheriff Eavenson, nor even heard of him before yesterday. However I take exception to his comments on asset forfeiture reform.

While I certainly want law enforcement to have the tools necessary to combat large criminal enterprises, we must be vigilant to safeguard the rights of everyday citizens from potential abuse. Do not be mistaken or misled: this is not strictly a law enforcement issue; this is a property rights issue.

Property rights are one of the foundational rights in any free society and the taking of property by government is no small matter. Requiring the government to secure a criminal conviction before permanently taking property from citizens is simply commonsense. We would not stand for anything less when it comes to our personal liberty or freedom; why should we allow our property to be taken so easily? We should not diminish the constitutional protections guaranteed for all in the 4th and 5th Amendments to more easily punish criminals. On the contrary, we should defend these protection more fiercely than ever so they are strong for future generations.

I will not be discouraged nor deterred. The moment for reform of our system of asset forfeiture has arrived. Please join me in this effort.

  • That’s coz he’s a pratt

  • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

    Comedian George Carlin said “its a Big Club and you ain’t in it” (youtube search it) … He was talking about the Illuminati. To be fair, during Donald Trumps Presidential Inauguration while he was seated onstage he was slightly bent forward with his forearms on his lap, I noticed him holding his thumbs and fingers together which then formed a inverted triangle-like pyramid. That particular hand signal is one of many different Illuminati hand signals. Whenever Mr Trump talks he is quite often doing a Okay-like hand signal which is also a Illuminati 666 hand sign. Simply bing-image Illuminati hand signals and all the many various Politicians, Hollywood Stars, Musicians, etc using them. The whole Left versus Right Political paradigm is much like those pretend rivalries in professional wrestling. Always remember … ‘Its a big club and you and I are not in it’..

  • Watch and try not to pull your hair out.

  • David Hall

    That has to be the dumbest cocksuckers on earth. That stupid POS talks thru his ass and has not a clue what the fuck he is talking about. Gets his ass kissing lackeys to agree with him. America is a cesspool of corruption. The constitution means nothing any longer. LEO’s are just a gang of criminals.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      “LEO’s are just a gang of criminals”
      Oh, they’re pigs!

  • Memorable Event – A Deplorable

    Trump did smile at this obvious joke. You nutcases need to get a life. Stupid idiots.

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      A “joke”? You thought that it was funny, now didn’t you, (so-called) “conservative”? Somehow, I don’t believe that you laughed when Madonna told her “joke” about blowing up the white house. You probably had knives in your teeth!

      • Christian Gains

        Vincent, back off fella…it WAS a JOKE! I’d not listened to EITHER of the videos, but now I have and am CONVINCED that the Officers DID NOT FULLY EXPLAIN the FACTS…and Trump IS..or WAS…ignorant of the CAF misuses…

        And, as to this video directly above, it is HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE as to the ACTUAL MOTIVES of the Patrolman! If I were in a jury, I’d say that that Patrolman was ASS-U-MING a “circumstantial evidence” determination, without ANY SOLID EVIDENCE that the man WAS illegally holding that $$$….

        Granted, the PROBABILITY is probably HIGH, (IF the Officer DOES do that sort of stop REGULARLY)…but I find it EXTREMELY QUESTIONABLE that he’s offering to let the couple go…INSTEAD OF CITING them…and holding them.

        BUT! INSTEAD, he’s DEMANDING that they leave the $$$!

        THAT does NOT pass the “smell test”!!!

    • Algo Rhythm

      I think it’s good you support your president but please use your thinking cap and keep him on a very short leash. Tens of thousands of Americans have had their property stolen by authorities without ever being convicted – many were innocent. Do you sincerely believe that is justice?

      Authoritarian policies are contradictory in a free society. We better be careful or you could be wearing a head covering in public and being told what religion to believe.

      • Memorable Event – A Deplorable

        I agree with you on the horrors of having your money confiscated without due process. People have been caught unfairly when depositing large amounts of cash. But I think what the Texas Sheriff was talking about was drug money they are finding and seizing as it’s headed to Mexico. He didn’t want to have to wait for a conviction in order to seize the money or the drugs.

        • Christian Gains

          He didn’t HAVE to wait, but, he DID HAVE to cite & hold them! The ONLY thing that I question is WHY is he BARGAINING with these folks!?! PROBABLY BECAUSE he’s got NO HARD PROOF…and doesn’t want to take a chance on being WRONG! OR!!! This is his “con”…threaten’em and intimidate them, and they’ll leave without the $$$…so he get’s a goodly “pay day”! I HOPE I’ wrong…but that video doesn’t impress me that I am…

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          How about if they end this “War on the American People” — oops! I meant the “War on”, ahem, “Drugs” — once and for all? Marijuana has been proven to be H-A-R-M-L-E-S-S time, after time, after time…when will these so-called “conservatives” get it into their heads? They were wrong about it in 1937, and they are DEAD wrong about it now! All those INNOCENT people being persecuted all those years! Can these cop-lovers ever make up for that ATROCITY?

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        I really don’t care if they DID have drugs…that is none of the government’s business.
        Legalization NOW!!!

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      Anybody that supports Trump and the Republicans is an “idiot”.

      • Memorable Event – A Deplorable

        Thanks for your comment. Now get lost little boy while the adults converse.

        • Vincent D’Emidio

          Wow! I must’ve “hit a nerve”!!! This “little boy” could teach you about LIFE. Obviously, you need help in that area, little girl.

          • Memorable Event – A Deplorable

            I don’t have nerves. Get lost.

          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Why should I “get lost”? I’d rather stay here and keep on hitting the nerves that you, ahem, “don’t” have!

  • MMaguire

    Watching video of the conversation, it was obvious Trump had no idea what civil asset forfeiture really is. He seems to think they were talking about taking drugs from criminals. It’s terribly embarrassing for America that the damn president is so clueless.
    Pa state senator Dayton Leach (D-Montgomery) had a beautiful response. He tweeted “Hey I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don’t you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!”

    • Christian Gains

      At LEAST he knows how many states are in this Union…and…That the MARINE CORP isn’t the MARINE CORPSE!!! AND! AT LEAST he’s TRYING to correct the previous idiot’s dimwitted and nefarious activities and policies!

      But McGuire, You’re RIGHT! He doesn’t know what the CAF LAW is…and I’d BET that a LOT of Americans don’t…THIS new bill that Senator McGaughy has presented is the FIRST that I’ve heard of it’s blatant misuse…(PROBABLY because the MSM hasn’t highlighted the abuses)…but, my jury is STILL OUT on Trump, as I STILL hope he’s genuinely doing as he’s stated he will.

      EARLY ON…EVERYBODY laughed & hollered at Bush’s misstatements or mispronunciations: i.e. “NUCLER” — (and QUITE a few others…there’s an ENTIRE BOOK written on them) — and EARLY ON…everybody laughed at Obama’s gaffs…so, I’m willing to laugh at Trump’s misstatements, as long as he gets this Country BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK…(and I don’t MEAN the “RIGHT-WING TRACK”). I MEAN the GOD — COUNTRY — BIBLE & GUNS track! GOD BLESS THE RED,WHITE & BLUE!

      • MMaguire

        Christian Gains Well, lad, imho, GOD-COUNTRY-BIBLE&GUNS is the RIGHT-WING TRACK and it is exactly the wrong track for this (or any) country. I don’t see Trump as trying to correct anything. He’s an egotistical, spoiled child and the monsters he’s surrounded himself with are manipulating him shamelessly to push a hard right agenda that will make the dubya years seem gentle by comparison. He’s not going to take on Wall St and the big banks. He’s going to try to gut the EPA, OSHA, public education and every agency that protects the average Joe from wealthy elitists. He will embolden police who misuse their authority and stomp all over our precious civil rights. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        Since you call yourself, “Christian Gains”, I am sure that you are referring to your idea of a “Christian” God. But, what about the other religions, or those who don’t follow any religion? Would you deny them a seat at the table?

  • junktex

    Trump obviously had no idea what CAF was.

  • Every time it looks like a politician(they learn fast)means something, it turns out they’re just as phoney as all the others.Trump hasn’t had a chance to actually do anything yet.To listen to the hysterical DNC and the MSM licking at their heels.He’s destroying America?What’ll happen when he actually pushes for something despicable?People won’t be able to up the game.They’ve already shot their wad.

  • Mother Earth

    You got the better of the two evils, lets just pray and hope you’se made the right decision

  • oatwillie

    Sorry, El Donaldo, I’m not with you on this

  • Christian Gains

    I live in Texas, and if there’s ONE REALITY that STANDS STRONG IN TEXAS, it’s “PROPERTY RIGHTS”! 2nd Amendment RIGHTS is second!

    Madam, you KEEP FIGHTING!

    I think the President was either NOT PROPERLY informed of the various MISCONDUCTS surrounding the CAF use, OR, was “baited” into a rash reaction due to his ignorance of the ISSUE…I’m not trying to excuse him, I just know that he’s VERY MUCH, (as much as he is for Police), supportive and concerned for the care of the “JOHN DOE’S” out here!

    He has CLEARLY demonstrated his bias FOR US, and against Govt. intruding, (without reasonable cause), or abusing us!

    It is VERY CLEAR that there is a MASSIVE and HEARTLESS, and CARELESS mentality that is being launched against the President, (and while he some times errs), this MENTALITY of HATE that is spreading is WHOLLY unreasonable.

    BTW, I’m NOT referring to you madam in Senator, in ANY MANNER! I’m simply asking you to withhold your judgment, long enough for this snafu to be rectified, and corrected.

    It does NOT make sense that a man who has spent the last year and now 3 weeks, defending the RIGHTS of “We the People…”, has SUDDENLY swerved around, and begun to ATTACK those people….BUT! It DOES make sense, that EITHER, he misunderstood, misstated, OR was IMPROPERLY instructed as to WHO was doing WHAT! I’d BET that it was ONE of those options.

    As you WELL know, MOST Americans that have ANY knowledge of the CAF atrocities, are FURIOUS that that LAW, (ORIGINALLY ONLY INTENDED to be used against CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS or “criminal actors”), HAS NOW begun to be misused, abused, and made into a tool of PROFIT for SOME Law enforcement, & grafters among them! BUT! By NO MEANS ALL Law Enforcement Agents!

    Madam, I simply ask that you inform the President of THAT your BILL is ACTUALLY being presented in the hopes of rectifying wronful use of the CAF Law…And give him the examples of the misuse & abuse…Detailing WHY it HAS GOT TO BE reformed or repealed.

    I feel quite hopeful that this “snafu” can be cleared up, IF the President is PROPERLY INFORMED by knowledgeable and credible persons, such as yourself.

    Thank you for tanking the time to read this!

    Sincerely Yours!

    Christian Gains

    • Vincent D’Emidio

      My brother, you have misread this, ahem, “president” completely. He is a cop-lover, who wants the police to protect his millions.

  • police state

    this.law was enacted to take drug money from Drug dealers and cartels. Any case of CIVIL FORFEITURE should be linked to criminal charges against the people who have they’re money/ property seized. When found not guilty money plus interest to be paid out of police dept funds. Also any loss of income due to property seizure. This Needs to be the law. Contact your Senator/Governor the you get this changed.