“We just usually base it [asset forfeiture] on something nice that we’d like to have, that we can’t fit into the budget.”
Police in America are quickly becoming a hardcore racket of ‘legalized’ thieves, and they aren’t afraid to admit it.
It has gotten so bad that the Canadian government has issued a public service announcement for its citizens warning them that American Road Pirates, aka police officers may very well rob them upon entry into the US.
Since September 2001 there have been 62,000 incidents of police theft; resulting in a total amount stolen of over $2.5 billion.
In the US, “298 departments and 210 task forces have seized the equivalent of 20 percent or more of their annual budgets since 2008” according to the Post. Some might try and say that this money and property is obviously “taken from criminals” in order to rationalize this theft on a massive scale.
However, the government does not have to charge you with a crime, let alone convict you, to take your property and after they steal your property the burden of proof is on you to get it back.
Only one sixth of the 62,000 cases of cash forfeitures to police in the last decade have been challenged in court due to the high cost of challenging the state; not too mention that since their money was stolen, even if they once had the funds to challenge the theft, they may not any longer.
The justice department’s asset forfeiture fund in 2011 was $1.8 billion.
In Philadelphia alone, more than $64 million in seized property has been taken in the last decade and 100% of it has gone into the pockets of cops, judges, and other bureaucrats with a hand in the criminal cookie jar.
The state has succeeded in yet another quest of theft on a massive scale and they’ve made it acceptable to the rest of society. What was the mind blowing magic trick performed to dupe the public into accepting this theft? They simply legalized it.
The HBO Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver does a very thorough and hilarious job of exposing the ‘new pirates’ of the 21st century.