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  • joentokyo (376 posts)
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    If you don't believe the US is already a police state, you haven't been paying

    attention.

    Sheriff’s Office Raids Home, Seizes All The Furniture, Ultimately Returns Everything But The Couch

    from the finder’s-fee:-one-(1)-sofa dept
    The joke about asset forfeiture is that it’s actually not a joke. Advisors to law enforcement have actually said it’s a great way for cops to go shopping for things they want. It’s not just cash being taken, although it’s primarily that. It’s vehicles, too. And when that just doesn’t seem to be enough, it’s houses. And everything in them.

    So, the “going shopping” joke is one very dark punchline. Here’s another one: “take everything that isn’t nailed down.” Except that this actually happens. And it includes things that are nailed down. Reason’s C.J. Ciaramella has more details.

    In 2012, Rehfeldt says the Hind County Sheriff’s Office raided his client’s apartment on suspicion her boyfriend was a drug dealer. Anything purchased with drug proceeds is fair game to be seized by police under civil asset forfeiture laws, and they determined the boyfriend had furnished the apartment, so off went her TV, her table and chairs, her couch, her lamps, and even the pictures on the wall.

    “Her case is the first in my 38 years of practicing law where they took the furniture,” Rehfeldt says.

    More at the link below.

    https://tdrt.io/f_F

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  • TRex (2281 posts)
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    1. Bet money most folks here believe it.

    Been a police state for a long time.

    We can thank the rich for one thing - times are changing due to the silent depression in the working class. I don't think the rich will be happy with the changes, but they forced it upon themselves through greed and avarice.
  • Octafish (3732 posts)
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    2. Graft is a police tradition.

    Another aspect is the Friendly Fascism.

    http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2015/08/07/donald-trump-and-friendly-fascism-reconsidered/

     

     

    “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
  • djean111 (4176 posts)
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    3. Loretta Lynch is a firm believer in civil forfeiture.

    And against legalization of pot.  So there has been support of civil forfeiture, and the raiding and harassment of legal dispensaries and users from the very top, during Obama’s administration.

    Yes, this is a police state.

    You think the only reason that people won't vote for a warmongering Third Way fracking-enabling cluster bomb throwing H-1B increasing lying pandering corporate and Wall Street shill who says she has no problem putting abortion rights on the table is because we are mad about Bernie?  Um, nope.