U.S. police carry out theft for their own financial benefit...
...as a consequence they will Confiscate Your Property
COPS STEAL Rolls Royce in POSH WEST HOLLYWOOD. Owners guity of looking 'swarthy,' officer says.
LA COPS (and cops in forty other states,) have a new racket: selling all the cars they can grab --putting them up for a profitable auction so they're really into grabbing everything they can. As they made forty million last year doing this, they now put up ad hoc checkpoints to nail all the unregistered cars they can and poor YOU if your insurance lapsed or your license needs renewing or you're a refugee with 4 hungry children going to work. http://www.luckinlove.com/checkpoint.htm
Today on ELEGANT MELROSE Boulevard, West Hollywood's boutique row, LAPD spotted two young ethnic brothers in a new Rolls Royce. Cops allege that they suspected
it was stolen as it hadn't plates yet, brand new, two swarthy guys riding with a gorgeous girl. So what do they do? At gunpoint they made men lie on cement, girl made to stand hands raised over her head. She was l8 and buxom so the dirty minds asked, how'd they pay you, how much? These were all Armenians, accented speech, girl also. (She was the sweetheart of the younger brother.) Guilty of driving while being TAN, I guess. We're used to that kind of action in L.A. but not this new 'posh car, maybe we can rip it off' thing that cops are so intoxicated with nowadays. Like hunters bringing in a big 4 rack buck to the station.
This would be a non-story except a savvy merchant across the street captures the hour of guys down on cement on video and whoppeee it's CBS local news' lead story! 11 pm. I LOVE IT! The brothers complained that the ROLLS hadn't been returned to them! It was hauled off to city yard. Avarice thy name is LAPD!
Turns out these two bros own the planet's biggest online toystore. Good little capitalists. Armenians, 1.5 million assasinated by the Turks in 1915, puhlenty pissed with pirate killers messing with them and now American pirates have taken their car for no reason. I can't wait to see the lawsuit. Believe me, I'll keep you apprised.
But what you see from this is that our Mayor Villaraigosa is getting a little TOO into the chop shop thing. And the important thing to note is that what he's doing in LA is being done in your town now, too, as a source of easy, savage ruthless, pitiless REVENUE off the backs of the poor. FORTY states have this new forfeiture thing.
ANOTHER FORFEITURE STORY: INNOCENT MAN TRUSTS BUYER/ CHUM with TRUCK, COPS TAKE IT!
By John Stossel The Ombudsman for RIPOFFS
May 20, 2010
In America, we're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Life, liberty
and property can't be taken from you unless you're convicted of a crime.
Your life and liberty may still be safe, but have you ever gone to a
government surplus auction? Consumer reporters like me tell people,
correctly, that they are great places to find bargains. People can buy bikes
for $10, cars for $500.
But where did the government get that stuff? Some is abandoned property.
But some I would just call loot. The cops grabbed it.
Zaher El-Ali has repaired and sold cars in Houston for 30 years. One day, he
sold a truck to a man on credit. Ali was holding the title to the car until
he was paid, but before he got his money the buyer was arrested for drunk
driving. The cops then seized Ali's truck and kept it, planning to sell it.
Ali can't believe it
"I own that truck. That truck done nothing."
The police say they can keep it under forfeiture law because the person
driving the car that day broke the law. It doesn't matter that the driver
wasn't the owner. It's as if the truck committed the crime.
"I have never seen a truck buy insurance," Ali said. I don't think it's the fault of
the truck. And the cops know better."
Something has gone wrong when the police can seize the property of innocent
"Under this bizarre legal fiction called civil forfeiture, the government
can take your property, including your home, your car, your cash, regardless
of whether or not you are convicted of a crime. It's led to horrible
abuses," says Scott Bullock of the Institute for Justice, the libertarian
Bullock suggests the authorities are not just disinterested enforcers of the
"One of the main reasons they do this and why they love civil forfeiture is
because in Texas and over 40 states and at the federal level, police and
prosecutors get to keep all or most of the property that they seize for
their own use," he said. "So they can use it to improve their offices, buy
Obviously, that creates a big temptation to take stuff .
This is serious, folks. The police can seize your property if they think it
was used in a crime. If you want it back, you must prove it was not used
criminally. The burden of proof is on you. This reverses a centuries-old
safeguard in Anglo-American law against arbitrary government power.
The feds do this, too. In 1986, the Justice Department made $94 million on
forfeitures. Today, its forfeiture fund has more than a billion in it.
Radley Balko of Reason magazine keeps an eye on government property grabs:
"There are lots of crazy stories about what they do with this money. There's
a district attorney's office in Texas that used forfeiture money to buy an
office margarita machine. Another district attorney in Texas used forfeiture
money to take a junket to Hawaii for a conference."
When the DA was confronted about that, his response was, "A judge signed off
on it, so it's OK." But it turned out the judge had gone with him on the
Balko has reported on a case in which police confiscated cash from a man
when they found it in his car. "The state's argument was that maybe he
didn't get it from selling drugs, but he might use that money to buy drugs
at some point in the future. Therefore, we're still allowed to take it from
him," Balko said.
Sounds like that Tom Cruise movie "Minority Report," where the police
predict future crimes and arrest the "perpetrator" before he does the crime.
"When you give people the wrong incentives, people respond accordingly. And
so it shouldn't be surprising that they're stretching the definition of law
enforcement," Balko said. "But the fundamental point is that you should not
have people out there enforcing the laws benefiting directly from them."
Balko is exactly right.
John Stossel is host of "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network. He's the
author of "Give Me a Break" and of "Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity." To
find out more about John Stossel, visit his site at
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