This would be comical if it weren’t true. Civil forfeiture is legalized robbery by the police against honest, law-abiding citizens with very little recourse. Here’s pretty much how it works. If you’re pulled over by police with out-of-state tags on your car they begin the shake-down under the guise of looking for drugs. If they find cash, they seize it and you then have to hire a lawyer and try to prove it wasn’t drug money or they keep it.
According to The Heritage Foundation‘s John Oliver, since 9/11 under just one program, police have taken 2.5 billion dollars in almost 62,000 seizures from people who were not charged with a crime. Let me repeat that. 2.5 billion dollars was taken from people who were never charged with a crime! Police in Philadelphia one of the worst cities for abuse of civil forfeiture laws, in a ten-year period have seized more than 1,000 houses, nearly 3,300 vehicles and 44 million dollars in cash!
If you are stopped on the highway by police you DO NOT have to consent to any search. You must show your driver’s license and registration but beyond that you do not have to answer any questions. THE LESS YOU SAY THE BETTER! In fact according to the ACLU you have the right to remain silent. You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home. Here is a downloadable pocket card, WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE STOPPED BY POLICE, IMMIGRATION AGENTS OR THE FBI.
It’s getting ugly out there folks. Know your rights and hang on to our liberty!
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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