Civil Asset Forfeiture
Civil asset forfeiture is a process whereby law-enforcement authorities take and sell your property without ever convicting, or even charging, you with a crime. Civil libertarians complain that abuse of the process is increasing, and now there is evidence that some police departments have wish lists of property they would like to take from the citizenry. The potential for corruption in such a system screams out.
Here is a videoclip of a seminar for public officials in which civil asset forfeiture is discussed. The video is long and not all of it is relevant, so start listening at about the 1 hour, 27 minute point and continue for about 15 minutes:
It’s hard to believe that this practice exists in this country. It’s not consistent with that we were taught to believe America stands for and is something one would expect to see in a banana republic.