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Cops nationwide stealing cash, jewelry, valuables from innocent citizens .......

• naturalnews.com
 What's more, you're going to be disappointed that far too many local police departments - maybe even your own - are using these laws to rip off innocent citizens and help fund their own operations.

In a recent lengthy piece for The New Yorker magazine, Sarah Stillman described in detail how these laws have been abused by police agencies all over the country to extort money and valuables from people whose only "crime" was traveling through their jurisdictions:

The basic principle behind asset forfeiture is appealing. It enables authorities to confiscate cash or property obtained through illicit means, and, in many states, funnel the proceeds directly into the fight against crime. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, cops drive a Cadillac Escalade stencilled with the words "This Used To Be a Drug Dealer's Car, Now It's Ours!"

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