“US Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a press conference
at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2017.”
Photo credit: © Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
* Trump’s Atty. Gen. Sessions wants to federally ramp-up citizens asset seizures,
* “Draining The Swamp” now means going after Trump’s own supporters.
* Yelm was internationally in the news for unlawful asset seizure of residents,
* Feds seized assets of then unconvicted foreign national Yelm couple extradited by Romania.
– “Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens”
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday [July 17] said he’d be issuing a new directive this week aimed at increasing police seizures of cash and property.”
“Asset forfeiture is a disputed practice that allows law enforcement officials to permanently take money and goods from individuals suspected of crime. There is little disagreement among lawmakers, authorities and criminal justice reformers that “no criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.” But in many cases, neither a criminal conviction nor even a criminal charge is necessary — under forfeiture laws in most states and at the federal level, mere suspicion of wrongdoing is enough to allow police to seize items permanently.
Additionally, many states allow law enforcement officers to keep cash that they seize, creating what critics characterize as a profit motive. The practice is widespread: in 2014, federal law enforcement officers took more property from citizens than burglars did. State and local authorities seized untold millions more,” by Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post.
– Editor’s note:
The Nisqually Valley News then highlighted the 2014 alleged illegal asset forfeiture case of a Yelm couple. The Romania government only issued an extradition order, yet our own federal government seized these folks assets to ingratiate themselves. How would you like this situation if done to you from Attorney General Jeff Sessions new directive aimed at increasing police seizures of Americans’ cash and property?
– UPDATE: July 19, 2017, 7PM
“Jeff Sessions Removes Restrictions on Controversial Police Seizures”
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions just made it easier for police to seize cash and property from people suspected ─ but not necessarily charged with or convicted ─ of crimes.
He did it by eliminating an Obama administration directive that prevented local law enforcement from circumventing state restrictions on forfeiture of civil assets. The technique was embraced in the early years of the war on drugs, but it has since been linked to civil rights abuses: people losing cash, cars and homes without any proven link to illegal activity; police taking cash in exchange for not locking suspects up; a legal system that makes it hard for victims to get their possessions back,” by Jon Schuppe, NBC News.
– UPDATE: July 21, 2017
“Another viewpoint: Asset forfeiture rule changes leave problems”
“In an unfortunate turn, the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to lighten up on rules restricting law enforcement’s use of asset forfeiture.
Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions will include some helpful modifications to the stricter new policy, the net result is still a setback for Americans – not only the criminals that federal prosecutors and cops want to keep off the streets.
Not only is asset forfeiture inherently ripe for abuse that can be too consuming to monitor and too painful for those targeted to reverse. The purpose of the abuse is often more to line pockets than it is to take away ill-gotten gains,” by the Orange County Register.