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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed The Value Of All Burglaries In 2014

Between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually.

In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989.

Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year.

Now, according to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals.

The police have been violating the laws to confiscate assets all over the country. A scathing report on California warns of pervasive abuse by police to rob the people without proving that any crime occurred. Even Eric Holder came out in January suggesting reform because of the widespread abuse of the civil asset forfeiture laws by police.



Anonymous said...

A huge portion of the forfeiture comes from drug activity, not burglary. Thus, the entire premise of this post is invalid. Sounds like the writer just wants to foment division and unrest.

Anonymous said...

Yeh right just let cops violate the constitution

Anonymous said...

Great, keeping taking drug proceeds from dealers and put it to good use.

Anonymous said...

If I kept a large amount of life saving as cash, I should be able to keep it for retirement. Why is it all of a sudden a crime, or in absence of a crime, that it could be confiscated?

I kill you.


Anonymous said...

4:17 most all seizures are performed with the perp being charged later. King George was driven out of this Country over 250 years ago.