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Government Calls It ‘Civil Asset Forfeiture’: Americans Call It Robbery

 

“Did you know police can just take your stuff if they suspect it’s involved in a crime? They can!
It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture,” and it would make for a weird episode of Law and Order. See?”    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

Via: aclu.org

On May 31, 2008, approximately 130 members of the CAID gathered for Funk Night, a well-publicized monthly event featuring music and dancing from midnight to 5 a.m. Shortly after 2 a.m., Detroit police officers, dressed entirely in black, with their faces masked and guns drawn, stormed into the CAID and ordered everyone present to lie face down. Many of the CAID’s patrons were standing in the back yard and were forced to lie with their faces in the mud.

Those who asked questions, including a lawyer, or did not move fast enough were kicked to the ground by police officers. The officers then separated men and women and searched them all, issuing each a misdemeanor citation for “loitering in a place of illegal occupation.” The officers also seized the cars of anyone who had driven to the CAID under Michigan’s “nuisance abatement” statute. In total, approximately 130 loitering citations were issued and more than 40 vehicles were seized.

Dan Korobkin, ACLU of Michigan staff attorney:

“In a free country, the police may not conduct commando-style raids on innocent people and seize their property without justification,” said Dan Korobkin, ACLU of Michigan staff attorney. “We hope this case will put a stop to the Motor City shakedowns we’ve seen across the city – the practice of arresting innocent people, seizing their cars, and refusing to return them unless they pay a $900 ransom.”

In a 32-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts ruled that the police violated the Fourth Amendment when they arrested everyone at the art gallery merely for being present and seized their cars without evidence that they had broken a law. In addition, Judge Roberts found that the police misconduct at the CAID was not an isolated incident, but was in fact part of “a widespread practice” and “custom” by the Detroit Police Department of unconstitutionally “detaining, searching, and prosecuting large groups of persons” and impounding their cars based on their mere presence at a raid location.

Detroit police raid of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit

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Whistleblower Jamie Balagia Asks Police, Prosecutors and Judges: Since When Did The Constitution Become Negotiable?

 

 

Texas Attorney General candidate Jamie Balagia discusses the current corrupt system in place in police stations.

Jamie Balagia, a trial attorney known as the “DWI Dude.” Balagia is a former Austin police officer known for going head-to-head in court over spurious charges brought by predatory cops and prosecutors. He is lauded for his work in social activism, civil rights, and police accountability.

 

 

 

website: Jamie Balagia ‘The DWI Dude’

 

 

 

 

‘Big Brother’ Style Policeman:”If Obama Doesn’t Follow The Constitution, We Don’t Have To”

Cop Explains Why Police No Longer Follow the Constitution

“Obama just decimated the freakin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn. If he doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”

The Free Thought Project
Matt Agorist
August 5, 2014
 

A brutally candid video was captured and uploaded to youtube Monday of an Helmetta, NJ cop.

Steve Wronko had gone to the Helmetta Police Department with a list of objections about recent violations at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. According to the Community outreach facebook page created to expose the atrocities of the shelter, Reform Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter, there is a long stemming controversy from the Helmetta Mayor, Nancy Martin.

Martin also happens to be the tax collector for the City of Perth. In 2011, Martin made her son, Brandon Metz, the head of the Animal Shelter. She also appointed him to  Animal Cruelty Investigator, Borough Laborer, Water Meter Reader, and Certified Recycling Co-ordinator, according to the facebook page.

When Wronko went to the police department to voice his complaints about the violations of his Constitutional rights by this corrupt, nepotistic system, he was met with even more corruption.

“I have major objections about what’s going on at the shelter over there….,” says Wronko.

To which the corrupt Helmetta police officer replies, “Obama just decimated the freakin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn. If he doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”

Let that set in for a minute. A cop, knowing that he was being filmed, just admitted to NOT following the law that he swore an oath to uphold.

This one example is the epitome of most government institutions, regardless of size. The Constitution was designed to keep these corrupt tendencies of government from gaining strength, so naturally it is a severe hindrance to would-be tyrants; therefore it is first to go when the chance arises.

Maybe this instance, captured on film for the whole world to see, will serve as a wake up call to those who may still be asleep. Please share this so that it can help others to see the leviathan for what it is, a gang of thieves writ large.

 

 

Unfortunately this all started well before Barrack Obama became president. This privileged world of above-the-law state corruption goes back centuries.

 

 

 

 

Have Police Stopped You Without Probable Cause?

Via: flexyourrights.org

What Are My Rights At Various Checkpoints?

There are four general types of checkpoints you might encounter: DUI checkpoints, US border checkpoints, drug checkpoints, and TSA checkpoints. In a legal sense, they are not all created equal. So depending on which one you encounter, you’ll want to be prepared to flex your rights appropriately.

DUI Checkpoints

Sobriety checkpoints — also known as DUI checkpoints — are the most common roadblocks you might encounter. They function as a general purpose investigatory tactic where police can get a close look at passing motorists by detaining them briefly. A roadblock stop is quick, but it gives police a chance to check tags and licenses, while also giving officers a quick whiff of the driver’s breath and a chance to peer into the vehicle for a moment.

Remember that your constitutional rights still apply in a roadblock situation. Though police are permitted to stop you briefly, they may not search you or your car unless they have probable cause that you’re under the influence or you agree to the search. As such, you are not required to answer their questions or admit to breaking the law.

 

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