InJustice Department Resumes Armed Robbery Sharing Program With Local Cops

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In January 2015, before leaving his position, former Attorney General Eric Holder appeared to do something honorable: He announced that state and local officials would no longer be allowed to use federal law to seize private property such as cash or cars without evidence that a crime was committed.

While Holder did not end the program – called “equitable sharing” – entirely, his limits were the first ever to be placed on the program in its three-decade existence. This seemed to be a positive change, especially considering that asset forfeiture has more than doubled under Obama.

Civil asset forfeiture is, simply put, the government stealing your property – including but not limited to cash, jewelry, cars, and even homes – without charging or convicting you with a crime.

The feds’ equitable sharing program allows police to take property from citizens under federal civil forfeiture law instead of the applicable state law. This is a great deal for law enforcement because federal law makes civil forfeiture both relatively easy and rewarding – as much as 80 percent of  the proceeds are returned to the seizing agency. Sounds sort of like, I don’t know…how a mafia operates, doesn’t it? You rob and extort from people, give the boss a cut, and you keep the rest of the money.

The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments are supposed to prohibit the governmental takings of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

But this program has given government a way around that.

In civil asset forfeiture cases the government proceeds directly against your property. An individual doesn’t need to be convicted of a crime, so criminal procedure does not apply. And because the forfeiture is against the property, the owner is a third party claimant in related court proceedings.

Here’s an example:

A police officer pulls a car over for speeding. The officer thinks he smells marijuana and seizes money and perhaps other property from the vehicle. The officer (or other law enforcement agent) writes and signs a statement or affidavit explaining the situation and reasons for the seizure of the property. That statement is used to show the courts the link between the alleged criminal behavior and the seized property.

Because the case is against the property and not the owner, court cases have names like these:

United States v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency

State v. One 2012 Mercedes Benz

United States v. One Gold Necklace

You see, property doesn’t have Constitutional rights (it could be argued that humans no longer have them either, but I digress). The hundred dollar bills in your wallet, your expensive watch, and your vehicle don’t have the right to an attorney.

Often, the cost of going to court to try to get your stolen property back costs more than the value of the items. For example, in the District of Criminals Washington, D.C., it can cost up to twenty-five hundred dollars simply for the right to challenge a police seizure in court, which can take months or even years to resolve.

Asset forfeiture creates huge incentives for law enforcement officers to “police for profit.” The money can be used for salaries and to purchase advanced equipment and all kinds of fun stuff for police departments.

In late 2014, Obama announced that his choice for Holder’s replacement as AG was Loretta Lynch, who was then the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Those who pay attention to matters like civil asset forfeiture were alarmed when Lynch announced that her office seized over $904 million in asset forfeitures – in 2013 alone.

I wondered if Lynch was going to allow Holder’s reforms to remain in place.

Today, I got my answer.

The InJustice Department announced yesterday that it is resuming its equitable sharing program.

From The Washington Post:

“In the months since we made the difficult decision to defer equitable sharing payments because of the $1.2 billion rescinded from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, the financial solvency of the fund has improved to the point where it is no longer necessary to continue deferring Equitable Sharing payments,” spokesman Peter J. Carr said.

Wait…what?

Reformers had hoped that the suspension of the program back in December was a signal that the Justice Department was looking for ways to rein in the practice. But that no longer appears to be the case.

Scott Bullock, president of the Institute for Justice (a civil liberties law firm that researches asset forfeiture and advocates on behalf of forfeiture defendants), told the Post in an interview:

This really was about funding, not a genuine concern about the abuses rampant in the equitable sharing system.

Changes to forfeiture policy can be swept away by the stroke of a pen.

The limits Holder placed on the program outraged law enforcement groups, which isn’t surprising, considering that police departments were reaping some serious benefits from the program. According to a November 2015 report by the Institute for Justice called Policing for Profit, between 2000 and 2013, the Justice Department paid local and state agencies more than $4.7 billion in equitable sharing proceeds.

Police departments have used that money to buy themselves all kinds of neat-o things, including but not limited to:

  • in Camden County, Ga., a $90,000 Dodge Viper for the county’s DARE program;
  • in Colorado, bomber jackets for the Colorado State Patrol;
  • in Austin, Texas, running gear for the police department;
  • in Fulton County, Ga., football tickets for the district attorney’s office,
  • in Webb County, Texas, $20,000 for TV commercials for the district attorney’s re-election campaign;
  • in Kimble County, Texas, $14,000 for a “training seminar” in Hawaii for the staff of the district attorney’s office;
  • in Albany, N.Y., over $16,000 for food, gifts and entertainment for the police department.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation argues asset forfeiture helps law enforcement reduce the “incentive for illegal conduct…[and] takes the profit out of crime by helping to eliminate the ability of the offender to command resources necessary to continue illegal activities.”

Does anyone actually believe that?

The Comprehensive Crime Control Act in 1984 established the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund to receive the proceeds of forfeiture to pay the costs associated with forfeitures including managing and disposing of property, plus finance certain general investigative expenses, reports RT. Like most things government-related, the program has spiraled out of control and has become, well, abusive and horribly corrupt.

Despite growing awareness (and outrage), asset forfeiture is growing fast – in 2014 alone, federal authorities seized over $5 billion in assets.

That’s more than the amount of money lost in every single burglary that year.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Who are the real criminals in the US?

Enough with the Orwellian doublespeak – let’s just call “civil asset forfeiture” and “equitable sharing” what they are: armed robbery by government thugs.

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  • Mike

    Start stealing your stuff back from the cops.

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      We’ve done that before… feels good, man!

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    It’s no wonder kids are now playing robbers and robbers.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      They learned it from the generations that raised them on entitlements.

      • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

        Thanks for that dollar downfall link, very informative, that guy. I watched the whole ad, it was an hour and 20minutes and well worth it.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          The original version was just the part starting with the guy at the ATM and ending with the closed bank. I guess he decided to turn it into a commercial after I saw that version, which I can’t find, or I’d use it, instead. Since I leave only enough dollars in either of my bank accounts to cover only online and telephonic purchases, I understood his message many years ago. I’ve been “prepping” since long before it was cool:-) I’m anticipating buying a lot of things for pennies on the dollar when supply dries up that way.
          I’ve read that someone bought a entire block in Manhattan for an ounce of gold during the dog days of the Great Depression. I’ve got my eyes on some blocks here, but the hotels are going to go cheap and fast. I’d like to restore the Irma to her finest, and turn the Wells Fargo into a hostel.

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            I downloaded the whole video and I can put it up on anonfiles if you want it, I may get his course because he has a lot of good advice that I am currently not aware of. I have not been prepping long and was ignorant about everything till around 2010 so I’ve made good progress but had I known before I would be far better off by now.

            Real Estate on the cheap is very enticing indeed, at one point in that video he claims you can buy beachfront property for 1 euro somewhere which sounds impossible but he claims he did it.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Beachfront property is always cheapest after the tsunami.
            Bill Bonner and Doug Casey are two of what I call intellectual entrepreneurs. I have told both of them that I will never subscribe to their newsletters but would purchase their giveaway booklets, because I am neither well-heeled enough nor energetic enough to become rich the ways they did. They aren’t interested in selling their giveaways. Casey and I have very similar philosophies, but I’m not ambitious enough to overcome my basic laziness. If you haven’t checked out my political_reading_room group on Yahoo, you might want to before you send any money to Bonner. I put a lot of material on that group that I get from their infomercials, without the sales pitches. I am the only one who can post there. I created it to build a read-only library. Enjoy.

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            Great, thanks for the link!

          • Smarty

            Hey J/Roger….can you post the link again? I missed it….thanks!

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            I tried repeatedly to put it up on anonfiles but it keeps crashing. My connection is sailing through Romania right now so it may not be fast enough to upload but here is how to get it:
            Use firefox with this addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/ – then go to dollardownfall.com and download the video.

            It’s just a sales pitch for a 12month newsletter for $49 + some pdf books that go with it but it is a very good, informative sales pitch spoken clearly and easy to understand(it is an hour and 20minutes long). I watched it with my woman so she understands why we need to make the moves we are currently making. I learned a lot even though I am already familiar with the subject. If you don;t download the video you can’t pause it, it just plays for over an hour so I grabbed a copy so I could pause it.

            **if you let the page load then try to close the tab it will ask if you want to leave, click to stay and the whole presentation is in text with graphics when you scroll down if you just wanted to read it.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    If in rem seizures ever got cert at the SCOTUS, they’d go down in flames. They are safe since nobody honest can benefit by the termination of a paradigm that only thieves and traitors benefit from the existence of.

  • James West

    Nothing suprises me these days , The whole system is corrupt and when the people procede in a full out assault on the powers that be it won’t be good for them .

  • Free thinker

    More proof that the USA is now a third world country. And her future looks mighty grim with Injustice and Corruption taking the place of Freedom and Liberty. The Great Depression is nothing compared to what is coming.

  • AipacsZioVibe

    Does Lynch get Holder’s cut now that she’s the shit?

  • FiverPrometheus

    If they try to pull that S. on me I’m gonna become my own police and justice will be served.

  • Ed

    “The whole Good Cop / Bad Cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop.

    We need only consider the following:

    (1) A cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them;

    (2) Many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked;

    (3) Therefore every cop has to agree to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked.

    There are no good cops.”

    — Robert Higgs