Jeff Sessions Wants Police to Take More Cash From American Citizens

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said he’d be issuing a new directive this week aimed at increasing police seizures of cash and property.

“We hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture — especially for drug traffickers,” Sessions said in his prepared remarks for a speech to the National District Attorney’s Association in Minneapolis. “With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners.”

Asset forfeiture is a disputed practice that allows law enforcement officials to permanently take money and goods from individuals suspected of crime. There is little disagreement among lawmakers, authorities and criminal justice reformers that “no criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.” But in many cases, neither a criminal conviction nor even a criminal charge is necessary — under forfeiture laws in most states and at the federal level, mere suspicion of wrongdoing is enough to allow police to seize items permanently.

Additionally, many states allow law enforcement agencies to keep cash that they seize, creating what critics characterize as a profit motive. The practice is widespread: In 2014, federal law enforcement officers took more property from citizens than burglars did. State and local authorities seized untold millions more.

Since 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration alone has taken more than $3 billion in cash from people not charged with any crime, according to the Justice Department’s Inspector General.

The practice is ripe for abuse. In one case in 2016, Oklahoma police seized $53,000 owned by a Christian band, an orphanage and a church after stopping a man on a highway for a broken taillight. A few years earlier, a Michigan drug task force raided the home of a self-described “soccer mom,” suspecting she was not in compliance with the state’s medical marijuana law. They proceeded to take “every belonging” from the family, including tools, a bicycle and her daughter’s birthday money.


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  • We are Anonymiss

    This isn’t ridiculous. It’s LUDICROUS!!!

  • So What NIGGER

    You ignorant dumbbfuck motherfuckers. Sessions is talking about criminals. If you don’t want your shit taken, don’t break the fucking LAW

    • Rob W

      In forfeiture cases, your money is charged, not you. Furthermore, it’s exceptionally difficult to get your money back, and you are not re-imbursed your attorney fees when and if your money is found “innocent”. Pull your head outta your sandbox.

      A Driver Had $50,000 Seized By A Nevada Cop, But Wasn’t Charged With A Crime. Now He’s Getting His Money Back – He fought the law and he won.

      After Tan Nguyen was pulled over for driving three miles above the speed limit, he had $50,000 confiscated by a Nevada deputy. According to Nguyen, that money was casino winnings. As reported last week at Forbes, Nguyen “was not arrested or charged with a crime—not even a traffic citation.”

      He filed a lawsuit in federal court, arguing his civil rights were violated by an “unconstitutional search and seizure.” In that lawsuit, Nguyen claimed Deputy Lee Dove, who had pulled him over for speeding, threatened to seize and tow his car unless he “got in his car and drove off and forgot this ever happened.”

      But in a settlement reached last week with Humboldt County, Nevada, Nguyen was fully reimbursed for all of the cash that was taken from him. He also received $10,000 to cover attorney’s fees. In addition, the settlement fully reimbursed $2,400 to Matt Lee, who, like Nguyen, was pulled over and had his cash confiscated by Dove on I-80. Lee slammed that seizure as “highway robbery.”

      In a statement released last Friday, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office noted the two cases raised “procedural issues.” The stops were “legally made” and the cash “lawfully seized.”

    • nobamunism

      FOAD Himmler.

      • So What NIGGER

        You’ll have to go first princess. I guess I’m like the Third Reich. I do believe that 7 billion people need to be wiped off the globe. You’ll be there

        • nobamunism

          If you are going billions you’ll have to move a hair left and go full Mao.

          • So What NIGGER

            Try reading the Georgia guidestones. It’s definitely left ideology. Left is where I’ll go then..

  • Swapster_com

    Please add a date and author name to the ‘by-line’ under the headline. I have no idea when this story was posted.