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Civil Asset Forfeiture

Trump Gives Thumbs-Up To Cops Taking More Stuff Away From People

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― During a meeting with sheriffs on Tuesday, President Donald Trump got a misleading lesson on the controversial practice of asset forfei...

States Are Trying To Stop Cops From Taking Innocent People's Stuff

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

Over the past six weeks, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have filed legislation to overhaul or eliminate civil asset forfeiture, a controversial...

Trump Casually Threatens To 'Destroy' The Career Of State Lawmaker

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump threatened to “destroy” the career of a Texas state senator after a Texas sheriff accused the lawmaker of getting in his wa...

New Ohio Law Stops Cops From Taking Innocent People's Stuff

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Wednesday signed a bill reining in law enforcement’s power to permanently seize property from people who have not been ...

Feds Took $11,000 From An Innocent College Student. Now They're Paying Him Back With Interest.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics

The U.S. government agreed on Tuesday to return $11,000, plus interest payments, to an airport passenger who watched helplessly as police seized his l...

California Just Made It Harder For Cops To Take Cash From Innocent People

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday signed a bill into law scaling back a controversial practice that allows police in the state to permanentl...

Oklahoma Continues Use Of Controversial ERAD Tool for "Highway Robbery" In Civil Asset Forfeiture Cases

Adam Banner | Posted 08.26.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Although Oklahoma is the state making headlines in this area, the Institute of Justice graded 31 states at D or lower, with only one state, New Mexico, making above a B+. Everyone concerned with their constitutional rights needs to be concerned with the technology used to destroy them.

The Greatest Threat To Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, Ruffians, Rapists And Killers

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The systemic violence being perpetrated by agents of the government has done more collective harm to the American people and our liberties than any single act of terror.

A Week in the Life of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse."--Adlai Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United Sta...

Oklahoma Cops Find A New Way To Take People's Money, Even If They Don't Have Cash

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics

UPDATE: Jun. 14 -- The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety temporarily suspended its use of vehicle-mounted Electronic Recovery and Access to Data ca...

IRS Returns Bakery's Money After 3 Years. Now It Wants To Put The Owners In Prison.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics

In May 2013, David Vocatura watched $68,000 disappear. He was at his family's bakery in Norwich, Connecticut, when a squad of armed IRS agents filed i...

Cops Take $50,000 From Manager Of Christian Band, Are Forced To Admit It Was Total BS

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

The Klo & Kweh Music Team doesn't play the kind of music most people would associate with criminal activity. They’re a Christian rock group from Bur...

The Candidates' Positions On Marijuana Policy

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While mostly ignored by the media (and almost completely ignored in the debates), the issue is going to become a lot more important in the general election, as many states will have recreational legalization ballot initiatives to vote on.

Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado: Irony Flows

Allison Barker Watson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Allison Barker Watson

The states complained that Colorado's establishment of a legal, regulated market caused marijuana to flow into their states, thereby undermining their strict laws. This, they claimed, caused "irreparable injury" by draining their treasuries, placing stress on their criminal justice systems and endangering the health of their residents.

The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."--Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016) When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ...

Sheriff Arrested For Extortion After Allegedly Shaking Down Driver -- Which Is Somehow Usually Legal

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics

An Oklahoma sheriff and his deputy were arrested last week on charges of bribery and extortion stemming from a traffic stop in which the two men used ...

Florida Just Made It Harder For Police To Take People's Stuff

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed a bill into law enacting major reforms of a practice that has allowed police to permanently seize people'...

Momentum Builds Against Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses by Law Enforcement

Grant Smith | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Grant Smith

Low income people are believed to be disproportionately impacted by law enforcement taking advantage of these laws because they are least likely to have the means to fight a property seizure.

DEA Hired A TSA Informant To Help Take Cash From People's Luggage

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics

A Department of Justice watchdog officially condemned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this month, following a report that the agency had recr...

This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks.

Prosecutor Can't Handle Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics

Oklahoma might be best known as a home to Sooners, Cowboys and country music fans, but a local prosecutor and police officer say the state will be wel...

What Happens When Cops Police For Profit

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

A controversial program that allows police to seize private property has become a massive revenue driver for law enforcement departments around the co...

The Real Issues You Won't Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

These are not problems that can be glibly dismissed with a few well-chosen words, as most politicians are inclined to do. Nor will the 2016 elections do much to alter our present course towards a police state.

Michigan Just Made It Harder for Police To Take People's Property Without Charging Them

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday signed a set of bills designed to reform the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows p...