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Civil Asset Forfeiture

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

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.25.2015 | 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 11.17.2015 | 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 we...

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 aroun...

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

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.05.2015 | 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 ...

Court Says Cops Wrong To Seize Car Over $20 Of Weed, But Not For Reason You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

For nearly three years, Linda Ross, 26, has been fighting the seizure of her vehicle, which police took after finding a small amount of marijuan...

Ninth Circuit Strikes a Blow Against Civil Forfeiture Abuse

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Protecting innocent property owners from overreaching law enforcement requires the abolition of civil forfeiture altogether. Until that occurs, judicial engagement is essential to ensuring innocent property owners get the legal assistance they need to force the government to play by the rules and give back what is rightfully theirs.

Most Americans Have No Idea How Easy It Is For Police To Take Your Money

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

A new poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans aren't familiar with civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement practic...

Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.30.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

From the moment those lights start flashing and that siren goes off, we're all in the same boat: we must pull over. However, it's what happens after you've been pulled over that's critical.

An Open Letter to the DA Who Thinks I Must Be in ISIS Because I Carry Around Cash

Josh Axelrad | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Josh Axelrad

Dear Scott Rowland, I had $10K, little more, in the car when I heard you on All Things Considered. You were defending civil asset forfeiture. Your defense, I had to notice, backfired. You didn't defend forfeiture at all. But your comments provided a rich illustration of why forfeiture must be abolished.

The American Police State from A to Z

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The warning signs are all around us. The question is whether you will organize, take a stand and fight for freedom, or will you, like so many clueless Americans, freely walk into the slaughterhouse?

Nick Wing

Bipartisan Group Seeks To Stop Police From Stealing Innocent People's Property | Nick Wing | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

A number of top progressive and conservative groups are banding together for a new campaign dedicated to reforming civil asset forfeiture, a controver...

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates.

Amtrak Passenger Claims DEA Agent Straight Up Stole Money From His Wallet

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

There's legal theft -- and then there's just plain old theft.

Nick Wing

Policing For Profit Nets Mississippi Cops A New Police Station And A Fresh Fleet Of Police Cruisers | Nick Wing | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

The sign outside a new, $4.1 million law enforcement training facility in Richland, Mississippi, reads, "Richland Police Station tearfully donated by ...

Nick Wing

DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man, Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer | Nick Wing | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

After scraping together enough money to produce a music video in Hollywood, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers set out last month on a train trip from Michigan...

Nick Wing

New Montana Law Will Protect Innocent People From Having Their Property Seized By Police | Nick Wing | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed a bill Tuesday that will overhaul the state's civil asset forfeiture laws. The set of reforms, which will go ...

Above the Law: New DPA Report Finds 'Policing for Profit' Gone Wild

Jag Davies | Posted 06.29.2015 | Crime
Jag Davies

Did you know police are allowed to seize and keep your cash, cars, real estate, and any other property -- even if you're never convicted or even charged with a crime? It's called civil asset forfeiture -- and if it sounds like legalized burglary, that's because it is.

Nick Wing

Police In New Mexico Will No Longer Seize Your Property Without Finding You Guilty Of A Crime | Nick Wing | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) on Friday signed a bill into law overhauling the state's civil asset forfeiture program, which had previously allo...

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul Pushes For Criminal Justice Reform At Historically Black College | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

BOWIE, Md. -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) renewed his call for criminal justice reform in a wide-ranging speech Friday at Bowie State University, a histori...

Nick Wing

Police Stop You While You're Carrying A Bunch Of Cash. What Happens To Your Money? | Nick Wing | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

Even if you're innocent, you're probably not going home with that money.

Matt Sledge

Justice Department Budget Projects Some Asset Forfeiture Payments Will Rise Despite Reforms | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder last month announced reforms to asset forfeitures, the controversial government practice of seizing property associated w...

AG Eric Holder Slashes Civil Asset Forfeiture

Bill Piper | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

Today's actions by Eric Holder are a good first step to ending the unjust enforcement of this program once and for all. But now Congress needs to pass legislation to make this change permanent.

Holder Ends Controversial Police Asset Seizures

AP | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday announced sweeping changes to a federal civil asset forfeiture program that local law enfor...