Asset Forfeiture: Are Police The New Mob?
This is the transcript of the introduction for this episode of the Christopher Scott Talk Show Podcast:
Did you know the police can just take your stuff? It's called asset forfeiture. Some people call it confiscation and they can do it even if you aren't convicted of a crime. How can that be legal?
I'll read for you the Fourth Amendment to the constitution:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Does that sound ambiguous? It says shall not be violated. So how is that it happens all the time?
Well, Civil forfeiture law allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners don't need to be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.
Does that sound fair and just? How and why does it continue to go on?
So hit the play button!