Upfront, SOP is not writing this piece because we’re ‘Anti-Police’. We are on the opposite side of that fence. We totally appreciate the ‘Thin Blue Line’ that puts their lives on the line to protect and serve ‘We The People’ 24/7/365. However, the subject of ‘Asset Forfeiture’ is ripe with documented abuse, so many stories of folks becoming victims, loosing their livelihoods, and in some cases ‘More’.
The entire topic of ‘Asset Forfeiture’ is the Tip Of The Iceberg and needs much more daylight to be shinned under the surface. Unbridled power so often brings out the worst in people, as we see each and every day, (not to mention the history books). This story by Tyler Durden is one such story of abuse that’s worthy of highlighting.
Here are some quotes from is article;
“The morning of June 29, 2010, began much like any other day for Frank Ranelli, the owner of FAR Computers in Ensley, Alabama. Ranelli, who had owned his computer repair business just outside of Birmingham for more than two decades, was doing some paperwork in his windowless office when he heard loud banging on the front door. Within a matter of moments Ranelli was placed under arrest and all of the computer equipment in his store, much of which belonged to customers, had been confiscated by Alabama police never to be returned”
“Here I was, a man, owned this business, been coming to work every day like a good old guy for 23 years, and I show up at work that morning – I was in here doing my books from the day before – and the police just f***ed my life,” he said’
“Now, new revelations from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office illustrate precisely why asset forfeitures, and all the inherent conflicts of interest therein, are suddenly becoming a hot topic of debate all across the country. According to records obtained by Newsday from Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, former DA Thomas Spota doled out a staggering $3.25 million – $550,000 more than originally reported – in “bonuses” to public prosecutors, from a pool of seized assets, without a single legislative approval”
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We are not living in the USSR (or are we).