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SF forfeiture suit seeks class action status. This photo shows seized vehicles at Santa Fe County’s impound lot several years ago.

SF forfeiture suit seeks class action status

(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal) SANTA FE – A lawsuit against the city of Santa Fe and police chief Andrew Padilla requests class action status and accuses the city of using the now-halted DWI forfeiture program to unlawfully confiscate vehicles from their owners and use the proceeds to help fund the police department. In Surprise Vote, House Passes Amendment to Restrict Asset Forfeiture. Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens. Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduces Vice President Pence at the Justice Department's National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, in Bethesda, Md., on June 21.

Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens

(AP/Jacquelyn Martin) Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said he'd be issuing a new directive this week aimed at increasing police seizures of cash and property. “We hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture — especially for drug traffickers,” Sessions said in his prepared remarks for a speech to the National District Attorney's Association in Minneapolis. "With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Highway Robbery Gets Presidential Seal of Approval. Donald Trump is going after one of the few issues proven to be a unifier across party lines: civil asset forfeiture.

Highway Robbery Gets Presidential Seal of Approval

The Equitable Sharing Program provides local law enforcement with a loophole, allowing them to continue civil asset forfeiture. This legal tool allows law enforcement to seize money and physical property from those merely suspected of criminal behavior. Unfortunately, there is no conviction requirement, meaning confiscation can occur before suspects have been given the opportunity to defend themselves in court. After 2016 saw several state victories reining in the practice, the Obama Administration reinstated the program on the federal level.

The federal Equitable Sharing Program, which had briefly been paused due to budget constraints, provided local law enforcement with a loophole, which allowed them to continue the practice so long as they shared their spoils with the feds. Jeff Sessions and the Thuggery of Asset Forfeiture. There's Hope for Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture. AZ Senate OKs racketeering charges for riots. The Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, legislation Republican backers say is needed to crack down on violent protesters.

AZ Senate OKs racketeering charges for riots

The measure adds rioting to the organized crime statutes and says an overt act isn't needed to prove conspiracy to riot, meaning someone could be charged who wasn't involved in the actual riot. All 17 Senate Republicans supported the measure and all 13 Democrats voted no. It now heads to the House. Senate Bill 1142 would allow prosecutors to seize a person's assets in addition to enhanced criminal charges. Sen. Democrats said there is no evidence that current laws against rioting, property destruction and assault are ineffective. "This goes in opposite direction," Quezada said. RELATED: Arizona bill would bring stricter penalties for rioters. Egged on by Sheriffs, Trump Endorses Police Practice of Taking Property from Innocent People. Photo Credit: arindambanerjee / Shutterstock.com During a brief meeting with sheriffs where President Trump was apparently introduced to the complex subject of civil asset forfeiture, he offered to destroy the career of the Texas State Senator seeking to reform the system.

Egged on by Sheriffs, Trump Endorses Police Practice of Taking Property from Innocent People

Whether this was an actual threat or a poor and misguided attempt at humor, its aim was unmistakably to chill reform efforts. Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions. PASADENA HILLS, Mo. -- “Lacee Scott?”

Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions

The judge called. The 23-year-old rose from a hard black plastic chair, walked past the fireplace and stood before the table at the front of the living room. From the outside, the house is barely distinguishable from others on the street -- brick, three bedrooms, built in 1948. Over the entrance, however, there is a sign identifying it as City Hall. Law Enforcement as Revenue Stream. After the financial class melted down the world economy, local governments faced an obvious reduction in their revenues.

Law Enforcement as Revenue Stream

As the economy recovered under a Democrat President, the Republicans held onto or gained power in many state governments, such as my own adopted state of Florida. With laudable consistency with their professed ideology, Republicans routinely cut taxes for businesses, the well off and sometimes even almost everyone. Richland's $4.1 million police station funded by civil forfeiture.

IMPRESSIVE: Richland, Miss.’s $4.1 million police station was paid for entirely by civil forfeiture.

Richland's $4.1 million police station funded by civil forfeiture

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog The Mississippi city of Richland has a new $4.1 million police station, a top-level training center and a fleet of black-and-white Dodge Charger police cars. All of it was paid for through civil forfeitures of property and cash seized during traffic stops of what police say were suspected drug runners on Interstate 20. TEARFULLY DONATED: The sign for Richland’s $4.1 million police station, which was paid for entirely by civil forfeiture. Civil libertarians question the constitutionality of civil forfeiture, which has become a key part of revenue for state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. “If Someone is Bringing Drugs into Mar-a-Lago, Police Could Try to Seize it.”