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Old 10-11-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.

Of the nearly $2.5 billion in spending reported in the forms, 81 percent came from cash and property seizures in which no indictment was filed. Owners must prove that their money or property was acquired legally in order to get it back.

The police purchases include an array of gear that has helped some departments militarize their operations: Humvees, automatic weapons, gas grenades, night-vision scopes and sniper gear. Many departments acquired electronic surveillance equipment, including automated license-plate readers and systems that track cellphones.

The spending also included a $5 million helicopter for Los Angeles police; a mobile command bus worth more than $1 million in Prince George’s County; an armored personnel carrier costing $227,000 in Douglasville, Ga., population 32,000; $5,300 worth of “challenge coin” medallions in Brunswick County, N.C.; and $4,600 for a Sheriff’s Award Banquet by the Doña Ana County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Department.

Asset seizures fuel police*spending | The Washington Post
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Los Awesome, CA
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Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.

Of the nearly $2.5 billion in spending reported in the forms, 81 percent came from cash and property seizures in which no indictment was filed. Owners must prove that their money or property was acquired legally in order to get it back.

The police purchases include an array of gear that has helped some departments militarize their operations: Humvees, automatic weapons, gas grenades, night-vision scopes and sniper gear. Many departments acquired electronic surveillance equipment, including automated license-plate readers and systems that track cellphones.

The spending also included a $5 million helicopter for Los Angeles police; a mobile command bus worth more than $1 million in Prince George’s County; an armored personnel carrier costing $227,000 in Douglasville, Ga., population 32,000; $5,300 worth of “challenge coin” medallions in Brunswick County, N.C.; and $4,600 for a Sheriff’s Award Banquet by the Doña Ana County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Department.

Asset seizures fuel police*spending | The Washington Post
The only way this can stop is if the Feds step in and create guidelines.
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:59 PM
 
Location: NW AR
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Every thing I read in this story reminds me of how out of control our government has become.
81 percent of this money came from cash and property seizures in which no indictment was filed.
What happened to being innocent until proven guilty. They seize this property and then you have to prove its yours. That's screwed up. It is you property unless they can prove other wise.
My next problem with this is, this money belongs to us the people the tax payers.
Not the government or police depts. or who ever thinks its theirs.
They have all forgot they work for us.
We the people the tax payers should have a say where this money goes, along with a lot more of our out of control government spending.
I am 47 years old and have never had anything more than a speeding ticket and that was when I was 21.
Our government is always wanting more from us and really cant even explain where all the money goes that they get legally through taxes and fines and now there is all of this money that does not even look to me like they got it legally.
Some how we the people need to get control of our country back the way it was intended.
The government should be accountable for every penny they take and spend.
This needs to happen in peaceful ways but it has to happen or we will end living in a total police state with no rights.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:50 PM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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I Would love to hear from the pro police crowd!
Now People in the suburbs are starting to see what people in the intercity have been complaining about for decades.
Cops are now getting Greedy and going After the Oxycodone crowd in the Suburbs
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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The Feds are going to do zip since they get a piece of the action. The locals are required to give a percentage of every seizure to the Feds.
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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The only way this can stop is if the Feds step in and create guidelines.
The Feds are what started it!
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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John Oliver also did a piece on this:


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture (HBO) - YouTube
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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John Oliver also did a piece on this.
My favorite part was the news clip of the interview with the 75 IQ demented cop who could only sit there looking placidly befuddled and mutter "I dunno..."
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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I Would love to hear from the pro police crowd!
You'll be waiting for awhile.
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