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Under Asset Forfeiture Law, Wisconsin Cops Confiscate Families' Bail Money

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Author: [Politics] Topic: Under Asset Forfeiture Law, Wisconsin Cops Confiscate Families' Bail Money
14daroad PM 14daroad
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Posted: 5/21/2012 10:46:46 AM

This issue is bringing the left & right on the political spectrum together.

The government has too much power and this is just yet another example:

My girlfriend borrowed some money from her sister and mother and a few friends, and they came to bail me out," Zamora says. "But then they started asking her if she had brought drug money. They took the money away and said they were going to have the drug dogs sniff it. She asked them when I would be let out, and they told her, 'He isn't going anywhere'."

The police then seized Zamora's bail money, just as they did with the Greers'. "I stayed in jail for, I think, another 11 days. I lost count. I had never been arrested for drugs before. And this was for a really small amount. Seventeen painkillers, for which I had a prescription, and a small bag they say had traces of cocaine. And they say my girlfriend and I just had $5,000 in drug money lying around."


I give the police no slack here either. They are under no legal requirement to have a dog sniff that money.

This is just sickening.

atlheatholder PM atlheatholder
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Posted: 5/22/2012 1:36:41 PM

Agree 14, it is sickening.

Here's something similar that was on Lew Rockwell's site yesterday:

Policing for Profit

You may think your biggest threat when carrying any amount of cash over $1000 is a thief or armed robber, but you’d be wrong.

Your most immediate concern is not being robbed by a criminal, but rather, by the very people who are supposed to serve and protect the public.

As one New Jersey man found out when he was on his way to pay for a car he purchased on Ebay, a new heavy handed trend called “policing for profit” is empowering law enforcement officers to ignore fundamental Constitutional safeguards against warrant-less searches.

George Reby was driving down Interstate 40, heading west through Putnam County, when he was stopped for speeding.

A Monterey police officer wanted to know if he was carrying any large amounts of cash.

“I said, ‘Around $20,000,’” he recalled. “Then, at the point, he said, ‘Do you mind if I search your vehicle?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t mind.’ I certainly didn’t feel I was doing anything wrong. It was my money.

That’s when Officer Larry Bates confiscated the cash based on his suspicion that it was drug money.

Read the rest here:


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