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John Oliver did a fifteen minute bit on this a few months back. That was the first I ever heard of this obvious violation of our rights as citizens and I've done a lot of research on it since his lampooning of the practice.
It is absolutely insane that cops have been doing this, without any repercussions, for years. How in their right minds do they think this is sound policing? I thought cops are supposed to protect and serve, not steal and pad their own pockets with our money. They have to provide no proof that a crime has been committed, can steal whatever they hell they want, and make it literally impossible to get your money back. I'm really afraid that we are becoming more and more a police state in this country where our cops literally have zero rules and can do whatever the hell they want, whenever they want.
The bright side of this whole charade is that Attorney General Holder is trying
to reign this practice in. Unfortunately his order was murky and didn't take into account that many cops who are part of their local drug task force are also deputized as federal agents. Since his order explicitly exempts any seizure conducted by a federal authority, we most likely won't be seeing much change at all.
I hope those who so valiantly stick up for cops rights take a long hard look at this practice and ask themselves how they would feel if they were pulled over and had their possessions taken from them, without warrant, and with no recourse to retrieve the items that were stolen from them.