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Last year cops took more property from Americans than burglars did
11-24-2015, 07:37 AM #1
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Here's an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week.

Officers can take cash and property from people without convicting or even charging them with a crime — yes, really! — through the highly controversial practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Last year, according to the Institute for Justice, the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds. That same year, the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 billion.

Armstrong claims that "the police are now taking more assets than the criminals," but this isn't exactly right: The FBI also tracks property losses from larceny and theft, in addition to plain ol' burglary. If you add up all the property stolen in 2014, from burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and other means, you arrive at roughly $12.3 billion, according to the FBI. That's more than double the federal asset forfeiture haul.

[In tough times, police start seizing a lot more stuff]

One other point https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk...last-year/

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11-24-2015, 11:25 AM #2
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That's why they are so reluctant to give up the phony war on drugs. The enforcement arm of the legitimized legal mafia are pirates now, and they love it.
They claim they claim they are just "doing their job"...
The same lame ass excuse the Nazis used.



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