The Washington Post has been running a very good series of investigative reports on how police departments around the nation have been seizing billions of dollars from often innocent citizens without charging them with any crime. That link takes you to the first installment. On the side, near the top, are the links to the other five pieces. It’s time for Congress to address this issue nationally. Somehow, I doubt that Republicans will allow that.
I’ve been concerned for years about how The Federal Government (through the IRS) can garnishee, attach, freeze,
steal assets in advance of due process. Then it’s up to the poor object of these seizures to fight to get said assets back!
Seemed kind of ass-backwards to me(?)
Now (or perhaps for some time) police departments are engaging in similar behavior!
I’m reminded of a local tale (from the 70’s) in this area, wherein a guy made a police report subsequent to a business burglary. And reported the losses to his insurance company. Later, he found some assets in the rubble he had previously thought stolen, and attempted to amend his report.
He was charged with FRAUD, FILING A FALSE REPORT, AND HIS ASSETS SEIZED!
As he sat in the middle of his printing business, watching agents remove everything, crying, he asked one, “Why?”
“Because we can.” was the terse response.
What is it Lord Acton said of government? Absolutely.