Quote:Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation regularly circumvent the Fourth Amendment through a process called “civil asset forfeiture.” The process allows for cops to confiscate the proceeds of criminal activity.
Quote:However, forfeiture laws are often used in bad faith. They give law enforcement the ability to seize property, cash, and vehicles without any proof they are actually criminal proceeds. In fact, police in some states can seize and even sell property without ever charging the owner with a crime.
Quote:A Forbes report says that one Oklahoma prosecutor paid his student loans using seized funds, and another lived rent-free in a home seized in a drug raid.
No, that's not the new low.
Quote:But Oklahoma is trying to stay one step ahead of the game, and recently, the state came under fire for a new tool in civil asset forfeiture—a device called ERAD (Electronic Recovery and Access to Data). This device gave the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) access to seize funds from gift cards, debit cards, and credit cards.
This is nothing more than legal extortion. At least the Mafia "protects" you after they extort you.
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