Jeff Sessions Is Aiding and Abetting Police Departments Who Want to Seize Property of People Convicted of No Crime

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department plans to “develop policies to increase forfeitures.” And today he did just that by reversing a 2015 policy then-Attorney General Eric Holder issued that prohibited local law enforcement from circumventing more restrictive state civil forfeiture laws by partnering with the feds. When signaling this policy reversal, Sessions proclaimed “no criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.” The only problem is that we are not talking about criminals.

We are talking about Americans who have had their homes, cars, money, and other property taken through civil forfeiture, a practice that requires only mere suspicion that property is connected to a crime. That’s right — people can have their property taken by the government without a criminal charge being filed, much less a conviction secured. More often than not, the police who seize the property get to keep it or sell it off and keep the proceeds, which only incentivizes the corrupt practice.

And by now, most of America knows just how loose the standards are for law enforcement seizures by the case names, like State of Texas vs. One Gold Crucifix, where the ACLU would ultimately intervene. The country also knows that the “criminals” targeted by law enforcement are innocent property owners, like ACLU client Rhonda Cox. In 2013, she had her $6,000 used pickup truck seized and permanently forfeited because her 20-year-old son made repairs to it with stolen parts unbeknownst to her.

Civil asset forfeiture is unjust and un-American.

Now don’t get me wrong, we have known this day was coming. There is a list of failed War on Drugs policies that Attorney General Sessions is working to revive one day at a time. And there is the 2015 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where Sessions said that civil forfeiture only impacts those who have “done nothing in their lives but sell dope.” That’s patently untrue.

However, just because we anticipated this federal resuscitating of civil forfeiture does not mean that we should not be outraged. Civil forfeiture is unjust and un-American, according to 84 percent of the public. It’s also counter to bipartisan reform efforts in Congress, with Jeff Sessions has said he’s “very unhappy” with.

Attorney General Session’s action today is a big setback to the legislators in the more than 20 states that have reformed their civil forfeiture laws in recent years. Three states have eliminated civil forfeiture altogether, according to the Institute for Justice, while some now require a criminal conviction or subject civil forfeitures to a higher burden of proof. Essentially, Sessions has just provided law enforcement who do not like their state forfeiture laws with a loophole to police for profit. And when there are millions of dollars on the line, there is no incentive for law enforcement to abandon this practice on their own.

We can tell the Department of Justice don’t let cops use federal law to ignore stronger state asset forfeiture protections. But given today’s announcement by Attorney General Sessions, that call to action may fall on deaf ears. Now we must also demand that Congress pass civil asset forfeiture reforms and end policing for profit once and for all.

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Eli Samuel Goldman

Either party is willing to let me go, have me abused as an object lesson for imagined wrongs, opressed, or turn away as I am abused and my rights violated, vilify me, but neither has ever been willing to assist me, work with me, provide me opportunity, allow me to create my own opportunity, acquire or keep the most basic needs (food, shelter, medical, education, safety) or defend me. But they are willing to admonish me for not lying and saying their destructive actions are a great thing.

Eli Samuel Goldman

Either party is willing to let me go, have me abused as an object lesson for imagined wrongs, opressed, or turn away as I am abused and my rights violated, vilify me, but neither has ever been willing to assist me, work with me, provide me opportunity, allow me to create my own opportunity, acquire or keep the most basic needs (food, shelter, medical, education, safety) or defend me. But they are willing to admonish me for not lying and saying their destructive actions are a great thing.

Eli Samuel Goldman

The only protections from an inherently broken system --now many times more broken by the Trump Administration-- is wealth and knowledge. This never stops becoming abundantly evident and is enforced by the Democratic Party, but made absolute law of the land with no exception by the Twisted Pseudo-Repubican Trump Administration. ...In my so called country they call hate love, and are displeased if you don't like the abuse you receive.

Eli Samuel Goldman

I've discovered all these years that both parties want me to tell a version of my real life to make people who've committed wrongs against me or others seem like heroes. Apparently it's the only way to excape with my life after this never ending nightmare. To rewrite my own history and rebadge various people. Then I need to apologize to those who've abused me, taken advantage of me, or done harm with intent and no remorse. Finally I need to espouse how great completely discriminatory and biased things are. All in order to secure me and my families safety and future. Doesn't seem such a great country to me.

Eli Samuel Goldman

Ironic considering I wasted my life being selfless most of the time when all most people prior to the show do is self serving ...when I could have had a much better life being self serving also, and would have been respected more...as all self serving people ARE given more respect and a better life as long as they operate under the pretense of helping others.

Eli Samuel Goldman

It really is true that people respect those who are self centered and self serving and walk all over those they see as lesser, those who give rather than take.

Eli Samuel Goldman

I know, I've been the victim of a selfless nature my whole life and lying users are the only ones who get a decent life generally.

Eli Samuel Goldman

If I had to start life over Id be a greedy lying self-serving user like most people fully demonstrate they tend to be so myself and my children have better lives. My Democratic Party wants to let me go as if I side with Trump. It infuriates me...I've advocated helping others as a means to a better world every step of the way and all it did was have me vified by those who couldn't take enough from me currently or in the past.

Eli Samuel Goldman

As to the show my EXs role.... I was very much in love with Debi, Cynth, Annette, etc...but I've learned they take great pleasure in abusing me. I learned then I couldn't do enough for them and self serving people were respected and admired for what they do mainly for themselves...for even giving them the time of day, but I couldn't do enough nomatter how much I did! I learned to respect myself and put up boundaries and want to finally care for my own needs and ambitions too at my old added age and I'm the bad-guy for wanting to do sone of what they and most people have done their whole lives!!!!!!

Eli Samuel Goldman

Yes,I love my EXs still. I love Debi very much, and some of the others. But they don't love me or care about my welfare and I'm tired of caring about people who have gone to great lengths over time to show they couldn't give a flying fuck about me unless there is something greatly desired in it for them all the time.

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