This is all a negative feedback loop, politicians can’t raise taxes to pay for different programs because they’re ideologically opposed to taxes because they think Ronald Reagan was some kind of living saint, or their constituents are that way. So they come up with legal fictions (it’s all made up) to fund whatever pet program they want (George Carlin explained how it works youtube link). A few years ago, and maybe some are actually still too stupid to be using it, but, they used to get conned by the Wall Street banksters into entering into Interest Rate Swaps (I have a post on that coming up)
Anyway, watch John Oliver, then read the ACLU’s page on Civil Asset Forfeiture
Police abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws has shaken our nation’s conscience. Civil forfeiture allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.
Forfeiture was originally presented as a way to cripple large-scale criminal enterprises by diverting their resources. But today, aided by deeply flawed federal and state laws, many police departments use forfeiture to benefit their bottom lines, making seizures motivated by profit rather than crime-fighting. For people whose property has been seized through civil asset forfeiture, legally regaining such property is notoriously difficult and expensive, with costs sometimes exceeding the value of the property. With the total value of property seized increasing every year, calls for reform are growing louder, and CLRP is at the forefront of organizations seeking to rein in the practice.