Police State USA: Civil Forfeiture Under Presumption of Guilt

Traffic Stop Photo By Jeff Dean

In a report called Stop and Seize, the Washington Post details how aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes.

The Washington Post noted there have been 61,998 cash seizures made on highways and elsewhere since 9/11 without search warrants or indictments. Law enforcement agencies confiscated more than $2.5 billion. Half of the seizures were below $8,800. Here are a few examples.

  • A 55-year-old Chinese American restaurateur from Georgia was pulled over for minor speeding on Interstate 10 in Alabama and detained for nearly two hours. He was carrying $75,000 raised from relatives to buy a Chinese restaurant in Lake Charles, La. He got back his money 10 months later but only after spending thousands of dollars on a lawyer and losing out on the restaurant deal.
  • A 40-year-old Hispanic carpenter from New Jersey was stopped on Interstate 95 in Virginia for having tinted windows. Police said he appeared nervous and consented to a search. They took $18,000 that he said was meant to buy a used car. He had to hire a lawyer to get back his money.
  • Mandrel Stuart, a 35-year-old African American owner of a small barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Va., was stunned when police took $17,550 from him during a stop in 2012 for a minor traffic infraction on Interstate 66 in Fairfax. He rejected a settlement with the government for half of his money and demanded a jury trial. He eventually got his money back but lost his business because he didn’t have the cash to pay his overhead.

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2 thoughts on “Police State USA: Civil Forfeiture Under Presumption of Guilt”

  1. The problem with cash is it is too convenient for the crooks(police in this case and judges) to legally steal your money.
    Now how could such a law be legal? Well lawyers in the Congress wrote this law to disable drug smugglers. Same is happening all over the civilized world. Only the drug smugglers are not that foolish. They have long ago figured out ways to transport large amounts of cash without being detected by police. Police everywhere have found a lucrative unconstitutional way to steal your money from you.
    How do you protect those funds? Do not under any circumstances have more cash on you than you are willing to lose. Pay for things with a credit card.
    Another problem with this joker law is that the lawyers do not get their cut. Judges and lawyers are little better than the crooks that they supposedly apprehend. The law itself is a joke. I call all of this kind of jurisdiction of lawyers and Judges nothing more than a way for these people to steal a cut of your money attempting to get it back.
    I would get a certified Check and mail it to the destination with an address provided in advance. Then I would take the check to a bank and open an account for the money. Free checking is still available from credit unions in this country.
    Highway 10 is especially corrupted and it is well known to be so.
    I am waiting for them to do this scam to the right person at the wrong time. It is only a matter of time before that happens.
    Then one or more of these “police” will simply disappear forever.
    It is one thing to do this to an innocent civilian. It is an entirely different thing to do it to a Hit Man from the Mafia. And some of these people do not look like they are in that business. They look like your local librarian. Or Aunt B. Or in some cases, they look like that baby-faced kid with pimples from a local High School graduation class.

    They will lure the cop onto a side road not completely visible from Highway 10. Then they will simply kill the cop and dispose of the body.
    One less highwayman patrolling Highway 10.
    If there is honor amongst thieves, that would be the only reason it hasn’t all ready happened.

  2. This article made me think of how commentor, “El Pollo” who posts on Michael’s sites, always mentions how we are becoming a Banana Republic—this is what happens in a Banana Republic, corrupt police and courts literally fleecing, stealing from and backmailing innocent citizens–welcome to O-bama’s america, where everyone is part of a third world country.

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