Reps hate Trump so much they do something right just to spite him

In Surprise Vote, House Passes Amendment to Restrict Asset Forfeiture

Civil asset forfeiture is a practice by which law enforcement can take assets from a person who is suspected of a crime, even without a charge or conviction. Sessions revived the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, which allowed state and local police agencies to take assets and then give them to the federal government — which would in turn give a chunk back to the local police. This served as a way for these local agencies to skirt past state laws designed to limit asset forfeiture.

The amendment would roll back Sessions’ elimination of the Obama-era reforms.

No, of course it won’t make any difference. The senate will stay squishy, or there’ll be a veto or signing statement or some damn thing. Cops love 1033 and they love civil asset forfeiture like an earlier generation loved free donuts. It has led them into terrible habits and eventually it’s going to destroy them, but you can’t tell them that. As long as his administration lets them play soldier and steal the stuff they claim to be safeguarding, Trump knows he’s got one constituency solidly behind him. And, apparently, screw everybody else.

So no, this won’t make any difference. It’s worth a mention whenever I see somebody in congress doing something that isn’t completely contemptible*. I was just as surprised when Obama put the squeeze on those programs in the first place.

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*though I might have a different opinion if I looked into whatever the hell the “Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act” is. I’m quite sure I’d hate it, so why look it up and harsh the buzz?

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4 Responses to Reps hate Trump so much they do something right just to spite him

  1. Claire says:

    “It has led them into terrible habits and eventually it’s going to destroy them, but you can’t tell them that.”

    Truer words …

  2. MJR says:

    Not being an American i was under the impression that the United States Constitution gave people the right not to be subject to unreasonable search and seizure. I find the concept of asset forfeiture in the land of the free to be totally bizarre. That people would except being shaken down by the authorities in a country that prides itself on individual rights is strange in the least..

  3. Joel says:

    Not being an American i was under the impression that the United States Constitution gave people the right not to be subject to unreasonable search and seizure.

    Being an American, I was under the same impression all the time I was growing up. Imagine my surprise when I learned the subtext of all those things the government was constitutionally forbidden to do was “Unless we want to.”

  4. Unclezip says:

    MJR, what they are doing is arresting the asset itself. It’s a great big prosperous loophole in the 4th, which protects people – not assets.

To the stake with the heretic!