By Jack Burns
The ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling which declared police can constitutionally steal your possessions. Called “civil asset forfeiture,” the police are underneath no obligation to offer the property again to you. Instead, police departments will steal your stuff, maintain it in storage (accruing charges in most instances), and then promote your stuff to the highest bidder.
Police haven’t any qualms about stealing your property, particularly after you’ve been arrested for a criminal offense. Even although each citizen is supposedly harmless till confirmed responsible, police will routinely confiscate, money, weapons, and actual property from those that’ve been charged with a criminal offense, even property from different members of a household residing underneath the identical roof. After all, it is troublesome to show possession and not using a receipt. More sinister, nevertheless, is the incontrovertible fact that you needn’t even be accused of a criminal offense for police to steal your stuff.
The most egregious case of civil asset forfeiture of which we’re conscious comes from Oklahoma. To hold society protected, sheriff’s deputies in Muskogee County, Oklahoma robbed a church and an orphanage of $53,000. Real American heroes.
Eh Wah, 40, a refugee from Burma, who turned a US citizen greater than a decade in the past, was touring with the money to ship it to the meant recipients when he was focused by modern-day, state-sanctioned pirates — for a damaged tail mild.
Eh Wah had been entrusted with the cash by the members of his Christian band who had been on a 19-city tour elevating funds for the Dr. T. Thanbyah Christian Institute, a spiritual liberal arts faculty in Burma serving the Karen neighborhood there. And, they’d additionally collected funds for the Hsa Thoo Lei orphanage in Thailand, which serves internally displaced Karen individuals.
Clearly a weak host for his or her parasitic course of, Eh Wah’s English was incompatible with that of the deputies’ and he was accused of trafficking medication. A K9 was known as to the scene, and, naturally, alerted to the automobile. As the Free Thought Project has reported in the previous, drug dogs will alert to your vehicle nearly every single time they are brought out no matter truly having medication or not.
In spite of the incontrovertible fact that not one single little bit of contraband was discovered, Eh Wah was dropped at the police station and interrogated for hours. Police even known as one in all Eh Wah’s associates in the band who confirmed the story, however the cops, with greenback indicators of their eyes, nonetheless believed that his story was “inconsistent.”