Stop U.S. Government From Taking Private Property From Innocent Citizens

Target: President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Goal: Stop encouraging police to seize private property from innocent citizens.

Police are now free to take whatever they want from you, even if you haven’t been charged with a crime. In the latest policy change from the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the revival of civil asset forfeiture. This means police can seize anything they suspect might be linked to any possible criminal activity in any way, from anyone – even if nobody ends up being charged with anything.

In addition, the police department gets to keep whatever stuff they happen to take. If that seems shocking to you, check out John Oliver’s segment on just how disturbing this practice can get.

The practice was banned under the Obama administration, after investigations showed many police departments routinely stopped motorists for minor traffic issues and seized billions of dollars from them. By the time it was banned, police were taking more stuff from citizens than all the burglars nationwide, according to data the Institute for Justice. That’s right: you were more likely to lose your private property to police than to actual criminals. If you believe police shouldn’t have the right to seize whatever property they like from law-abiding citizens, sign this petition demanding Sessions back down.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

Your decision to revive civil asset forfeiture is nothing short of a blatant attack on the American people. By endorsing this practice, the Department of Justice is sending a clear message: U.S. citizens are no longer entitled to private property. Police can seize whatever they like, from whoever they like, whenever they like.

The level of abuse this system is open to is nothing short of staggering, and we’ve already seen where this road leads. By the time the Obama administration banned the practice, studies showed police were already taking more property from ordinary Americans than actual burglars were. Civil asset forfeiture has no place in a modern society. If you have any interest in justice, you will ban this practice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mike Licht

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28 Comments

  1. THAT MAKES THE USA A COMUNIST COUNTRY & POLICE STATE WITH OUT HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ANY OF ITS CITIZENS & THE POLICE ARE THE CRIMINALS, I THOUGHT THAT THE USA WAS THE LAND OF THE FREE, WHAT A JOKE, POLICE SHOOT & KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE STEAL THEIR POSSESIONS & GET AWAY WITH IT, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AMERICA OF THE LAND OF THE FREE THAT EVERY ONE WANTED TO LIVE IN, IT IS GONE TO THE CRIMINAL POLICE WHERE THEY THE POLICE CAN STEAL WHAT EVER THEY WANT FROM HARD WORKING PEOPLE & THESE POLICE JUST GET AWAY WITH IT, THIS EVIL.

    • You said it, Carole! Absolutely right on.

    • I agree with you, I feel disappointed for the folk of America when I read about what happens, why is the world so unfair? Someone needs to be elected who is there for the people and not themselves- could do with the same here in England – fat chance!

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    punishment fits the crime!

  3. Thanks for providing the video. The spoof of Law and Order at the end of the video – though hilarious – I think, provides a more accurate portrayal of what’s really going on with law enforcement than many years of police TV shows and movies.
    Let’s face it, show business has been used to give us a wrong perspective of law enforcement for many years. They are portrayed as good guys – with a few odd bad ones that manage to bypass their stringent entrance requirements. They give us a fluffy, euphemistic and heroic picture of law enforcement. They make us believe we live in free countries, with police defending us from the bad criminals out there.
    Wake up people, please, to reality.

    • You actually think that “show business” is on the side of law enforcement? What planet have YOU been living on? Maybe 50 years ago there was a show or two.
      Why don’t you come out or your fantasy world & go live in a country WITHOUT real police protection for a while or where the police are REALLY corrupt, & see what it’s like.
      You don’t need to go any further than our southern border to get a taste of it, like Mexico, or Guatemala, where THOUSANDS of young girls & women are kidnapped every year, & later found dead along side of the road, & guess what? Few are arrested, & No one is ever charged!
      If it wasn’t for the police, the U.S.A. would be like the wild west, & women would be robed, raped, & beaten every time they walked out their door.

      • Yes, I think that generally law enforcement is portrayed in a euphemistic light by Hollywood.
        It’s nice that you regard the police in America so benevolently. But I think it’s you that’s living in a fantasy world. Police corruption is alive and well in America, Canada and many other wealthy countries, not just third world countries. It’s just more hidden.
        I totally disagree with you that without the police, women would be “robbed, raped and beaten every time they walked out the door.” Police are some of the worst criminals, and they cover up for each other’s crimes.

  4. Paulette Mirfield says:

    Hey, your local PD short on funds? Sessions has your solution! Just send ’em out to suspect! No need to actually prove guilt, just suspect ’em! You’ll be rolling in cash in no time. (sarcasm)

  5. I signed this, however the fact is civil forfeiture proceeds escalated from 2billion in 2009 to over 5 billion by 2015, please don’t put this on Trump’s shoulders, Eric Holder is just as culpable as is Obama.
    The problem is our government, this law is both un American and un constitutional

  6. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    Ha,ha,ha see that is the right example that we are and we will anytime just some kind of apes on this planet doing or not doing what we like or not like!!!
    A documents about human’s rights it’s just a piece of paper among people nothing more!!!

  7. Wendy Morrison says:

    This is WRONG on so many levels!!! Unless a person has been charged with a criminal charges as drug possession should an innocent person should ever have their property seized by the government or by cops.

  8. PAM BONAVENTURA says:

    Nazi America. Free country? Just who are you kidding. Europe is shocked at the turn of events under Trump.

  9. This video was hysterical. thank you.

  10. RoseMarie Dorer says:

    The Constitution says a person is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY and it’s the government’s job to prove the person charged guilty, not the person who’s charged to prove themselves innocent.

    UPHOLD the Constitution and hold the government accountable.

    Neither Trump, nor Sessions, nor any RepubliCONs care about the ordinary citizen. They care only about enriching their self-entitled selves and their elitist cronies.

  11. Paul Middleton says:

    The first petition here I’m not going to sign. If something looks too fantastic to be true, it probably is not true. A web search does not back up this story. And the ‘funny’ (ha, ruddy ha) video does not help, it is pathetic, like satire, like scorn. If this is all so true, why is there not a precise video that lays it on the line.

    • Karen Redd says:

      I agree with you 100%.

    • Paul Middleton – Your web search could not have been too thorough. There are many articles about this issue in the news, and probably videos as well.
      In a nytimes.com article by Rebecca D. Ruiz, entitled “Justice Department Revives Criticized Policy Allowing Assets to be Seized”, July 19, 2017, Ruiz said “Law enforcement groups gathered at the Justice Department with Mr. Sessions for the announcement on Wednesday were enthusiastic about what some saw as a chance to supplement thin budgets”.
      Just a few of the many other websites covering this are theatlantic.com, cbsnews.com, bloomberg.com, and democracynow.org.
      Please check it out again yourself. And, as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.

      • Paul Middleton says:

        Okay. Where’s the msm coverage? Where is the primary TV channel stream (investigatory programs, updates, rolling news) on the story? Where are the protests, the result of real world examples? Because if the extreme narrative in the article is accurate, those things would certainly be happening.

        • Hey, if this is fake news, I want to know! Haven’t spent too much time researching this yet, but everything I’ve read/watched so far seems to confirm this.

          • Have you heard of “spin”? You’ve got to read between the lines.
            For example, “Gov’t confiscated more $$ than burglars? OF COURSE, have you seen the tractor trailer loads of cocaine, heroin etc. confiscated from “innocent Americans”, who were somehow never convicted of the crime?
            Guess what, THAT would one example that would fit into the scenario described in the article above.

          • Bradford Speck – I know a lot of spin goes on in news today. So true.
            Thanks for the example.
            What I try to do is read/watch a variety of news sources, try to think for myself, and try to think critically about issues. Reading between the lines – yea, that too.

        • My family only recently watched a credible documentary on this very subject and we live in New Zealand and we know all about it.
          So many of us feel so sorry for America and what is happening to your once great country.
          Unfortunately, with Trump at the helm your wonderful country is wonderful no more but on a lighter, albeit selfish note, we have never laughed so much. It is a live comedy show in full blown action.

  12. Anyone see the movie Arlington Road? Legalize corruption on this scale will guarantee such scary scenarios.

  13. Joseph Lalli says:

    Civil asset forfeiture is a practice that is clearly open to abuse. We do not need yet more corruption in our police departments.

  14. I do not see what is so funny about this whole thing!!! It just take’s away the SERIOUSNESS of the matter! Not comical at all!

  15. That is a major problem we have comedian’s reporting the news, anyone else see the problem here??!

  16. Watched a very interesting documentary on this recently from here in New Zealand. It is just a money grabbing policy to boost the coffers and it is usually taking assets from the very people who have the least ability financially to fight back.
    Good old Trump once again.

  17. ..and I always thought this is done only by Mexican Banditos!
    Shocking! This is a crime in itself!

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