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  • joentokyo (767 posts)
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    If you don't believe the US is already a police state, you haven't been paying


    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.


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  • TRex (3564 posts)
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    1. Bet money most folks here believe it.

    Been a police state for a long time.

    Oh sweety, no just no, when I or those of us here talk about the ultra rich - it is NOT you! Not you by a longshot, oh my God did you think...no way you actually thought we meant you? Lord, this country is full of rich stupid people and you seem to be one of the worst. No sweety, you are just a low paid pawn to those ultra rich we talk about. They are wrecking the world, you are an enabler and I understand not being able to sleep at night. I wouldn't either, selling out our future. You have kids right?  
  • Octafish (3771 posts)
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    2. Graft is a police tradition.

    Another aspect is the Friendly Fascism.




    “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
  • djean111 (5611 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.

    • *Obligatory disclaimer - when I say "Democratic Party" I mean the DNC - the Clintons and the un-elected people and the consultants and the lobbyists and the corporations who actually run things.  The people who work and vote and are registered as "D" are no more the actual party than Trekkies are Star Trek.   Extra credit - the Democratic Party gets to actually fuck up your life. When you vote for it.
    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.