WesternJournalism.com, WashingtonPost.com, StarTribune.com
Fri, Sept 12, 2014
Subject: Civil Asset Forfeiture SlushFund
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Why Are Cops ALLOWED To Suppress Video From The Public After Murdering
An Unarmed Man?
Haul from federal forfeitures in Minnesota: $12.3M
“…In Minnesota alone, according to the Post’s analysis, the feds
confiscated $12.3 million since 2001, of which $9.1 million went back
to the state. A portion was distributed to local agencies that assisted
in the forfeitures. The big winners were the Minneapolis-St. Paul
Airport Police (138 seizures, $897K), the Hennepin County Sheriff (126
seizures, $798K), Saint Paul Police (96 seizures, $455K), Bloomington
Police (35 seizures, $449K), Minneapolis Police (46 seizures, $400K)
and the Ramsey County Sheriff (19 seizures, $342K)…”
Civil asset forfeitures more than double under Obama
An ongoing investigative series by the Post sheds light on a law
enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture, in which
officials can seize cash or goods from a person suspected of a crime,
even if no charges are ever brought against that person. Since 2001,
police have seized $2.5 billion in cash from people who were never
charged with a crime. The chart above plots the inflation-adjusted
dollar value of all Department of Justice asset forfeitures from
1989-2013. It includes both civil asset forfeitures, like the ones
discussed in the Post’s investigative series, and criminal asset
forfeitures, which occur when police seize property from defendants
formally accused of a crime.
Police rake in bonanzas from people who have committed no crime
THE POLICE can take your car and everything in it — including the cash
you are transporting to buy a used truck, a fixer-upper house or
equipment for your restaurant — even if you’re not guilty of any crime.
Getting your property back can take months and cost thousands.
Sometimes authorities will offer to give those who complain half their
money back, which makes little sense if the cash is free from
association with a serious crime — or if it isn’t.
Illegals in the wind as DMV worker gets off easy in bribery case
Nearly a year after a Virginia DMV worker and two others were convicted
of selling drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, the 100-plus buyers
remain at large. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will say only the
investigation “is ongoing.” DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen said, “It is my
understanding that the licenses had ‘limited duration validity’ and
have expired.” A vote-watch organization says the official answers
don’t inspire confidence. “The expiration date on the licenses means
(the authorities) probably know who these people are. It still begs the
question of how many illegals are registered to vote and have voted,”
said Reagan George, president of the Virginia Voters Alliance.
Domino Effect: More Smart Meters Being Replaced Due to Fires
It is almost impossible to keep track of all of the smart meter fires
and related safety issues. We jump from country to country and from
state to state. The latest issue is in Florida where Lakeland Electric
will soon begin replacing over 10,000 residential smart meters on
concerns they might overheat, General Manager Joel Ivy said Tuesday,
August 26th. Are we seeing a domino effect within the industry? Six of
the meters have caught fire during the past year, Ivy said. Early
Tuesday, he said the utility was still deciding whether to replace the
meters, but later in the day, he said the decision had been made.
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Texas Cops Brutalize 4’10’ 70 Pound Teen Girl For Talking On Cell Phone
To Her Sick Mom!
DHS Fines American – But Not Illegals – $5,000 For Crossing Border
The Department of Homeland Security has fined an American and a
Canadian $5,000 each for crossing the U.S./Canada border, fines which
are never assessed on thousands of illegal aliens who are detained by
Border Patrol daily.