Actual Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

I’d assume Rudy Giuliani will consider today’s news from the Justice Department more “proof” that the Obama administration is anti-cop:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred.

Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.

Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing.

Not everyone is happy:

Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, said, “There is some grave concern about the possible loss of significant funding while local police and state police are being asked to do more and more each year.”

“Asked to do more and more” such as establish probable cause and procure warrants? In other words, asked to follow the Constitution. This is the “grave concern” for the NAPO.

Can there be any clearer reason why reform is so essential?

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