Under the Obama administration, the police ability to do civil forfeiture was greatly curtailed. They could spin up charges and searches in order to seize your money and property. The main reason was the abuse of this process by law enforcement. Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rolling back those restrictions again. This is BAD BAD BAD! Where is due process in this? There are promises of greater restrictions and faster process times, but the opportunity for abuse has not gone away. Here is the story and why it is opposed by the Dems and the GOP.
As Written and Reported By Sara Horwitz for the Washington Post:
The Justice Department announced a new federal policy Wednesday to help state and local police take cash and property from people suspected of a crime, even without a criminal charge, reversing an Obama administration rule prompted by past abuse by police.
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said the Justice Department will include more safeguards to prevent the kind of problems that have been documented in the past. Police departments will be required to provide details to the Justice Department about probable cause for seizures, and federal officials will have to more quickly inform property owners about their rights and the status of the seizures.
“The goal here is to empower our police and prosecutors with this important tool that can be used to combat crime, particularly drug abuse,” Rosenstein said at a news briefing. “This is going to enable us to work with local police and our prosecutors to make sure that when assets are lawfully seized that they’re not returned to criminals when there’s a valid basis for them to be forfeited.”
Two years ago, then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. barred state and local police from using federal law to seize cash and other property without criminal charges……
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