Confiscating cash or property without a conviction or charges is not new for police and other law enforcement.
Just last month in Oklahoma, police attempted to seize thousands of dollars from a Burmese Christian band for no reason.
A sheriff was indicted for extortion and bribery for abusing the state’s forfeiture rules.
Now they are using the Electronic Recovery and Access to Data Machine (ERAD), a device that sucks digital money off prepaid cards and into police accounts.
Here’s how it works. If a police officer suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, they can scan any cards you have and just seize the money!
INSANE! Bad Oklahoma! You have been doing so well on so many issues to pull this stunt with your police!
Here’s how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.
“We’re gonna look for different factors in the way that you’re acting,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said. “We’re gonna look for if there’s a difference in your story. If there’s someway that we can prove that you’re falsifying information to us about your business.”
Troopers insist this isn’t just about seizing cash.
“If you can prove can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you. And we’ve done that in the past,” Vincent said about any money seized.
Innocent until proven guilty???
There has been quite a bit of progress on civil asset forfeiture recently. Several states have continued to pass legislation to stop the abuses.
New Mexico, Montana and New Hampshire recently passed laws requiring a conviction before property can be forfeited by police.
But police agencies aren’t giving up the lucrative practice without a fight. The most common form of property seized is cash. In fact, carrying large amounts of cash is now in and of itself viewed as suspicion of criminal activity.
But this new device could really begin to undue all that has been done!
Insanity! 4th Amendment anyone?
CNN’s Gary Tuchman reports on police departments across the U.S. profiting from the cash police officers seize during traffic stops.