Policing for Profit

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Cops launch drug raid based on anonymous tip and a single marijuana stem found in the trash. End up raiding a home recording studio. Begin deliberations on what cool stuff they’re now permitted to take.

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23 Responses to “Policing for Profit”

  1. #1 |  overgoverned | 

    Love to see local reporters talking to the IJ. A welcome break from the norm.

  2. #2 |  Nick T. | 

    Yeah definitely good to see the reporter reference an IJ report, but he really didn’t explain the concept of the standard for proof, or what the forfeiture laws actually mean in practice.

    The total newcomer this issue would think a) there has to be a court proceeding where the government has to prove YOU are GUILTY and then they can take your stuff b) most states apply the same standard for taking your stuff as they do for finding you guilty, so that seems to make perfect sense c) surely if the government can’t prove it’s case, you get all your stuff back d) this was probably an isolated incident.

  3. #3 |  SJE | 

    The only thing that shocks me are that the cops are up on charges…lets see where that ends.

    So, when do the homeowners get charged with recording the police?

  4. #4 |  Sinchy | 

    The tea party is so quick to decry “govt taking their freedom” when it applies to non existent threats to their gun rights and health care from Obama, but the real threats seem to come mostly from their local law enforcement.
    That cop looks life a real life Vic Mackey.

  5. #5 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The only thing that shocks me are that the cops are up on charges…lets see where that ends.

    You know.

    The tea party is so quick to decry “govt taking their freedom” when it applies to non existent threats to their gun rights and health care from Obama,

    I wouldn’t call collectivist health care a “non existent threat”. It is, next to continual war, the biggest threat citizens face for several reasons. One of which is because of its relation to debt.

    But sure, TPers lick the badge.

  6. #6 |  MacGregory | 

    Ah, the “anonymous tipster.” A LEOs best friend, real or made up for convenience.

    I like white, seedless grapes. Maybe I should start burying the stems instead of tossing them in the trash, just in case I’m targeted by a tipster.

  7. #7 |  EH | 

    It’s a little creepy how IJ brackets the news story like they’re a part of it. That said, hopefully this helps stem the tide.

  8. #8 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Never underestimate the power of the “anonymous tip.”

    Ya might remember , the Invasion of Iraq and subsequent war was based on an anonymous tip.

  9. #9 |  Difster | 

    If I ever have property seized by police and they refuse to give it back, I will make sure to destroy 10X the value of that property in recompense.

  10. #10 |  Pinandpuller | 

    I’m kind of a latecomer to The Sopranos. Last night I was watching the episode where the crew goes to Napoli. Tony’s really hot cousin was explaining that she has her toenail clippings burned so that the competition can’t get ahold of them and put a curse on her. I guess what I’m saying is not blame the victim per se but knowing the state of things why make this shit so fucking easy? If coffee was illegal I’d be throwing the grounds and filters in the river every time I partook.

  11. #11 |  SJE | 

    “It’s a little creepy how IJ brackets the news story like they’re a part of it. That said, hopefully this helps stem the tide.”

    IJ was specifically mentioned in the article, and is just another datapoint in the IJ’s list of forfeiture cases. It makes sense to bracket it.

  12. #12 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The problem with that, Difster, is that you will most likely be destroying tax-payer bought property, which they will just buy new again and bill the tax-payer. Hell, sometimes they destroy it themselves to get new shit. The Man is almost untouchable.

  13. #13 |  Michael Chaney | 

    TPers have been licking badges, right up until they realized in WI that those cops actually are government union thugs. The cops up there are helping TPers wake up, and I think they’ll find that’s a far worse thing than losing collective bargaining.

  14. #14 |  perlhaqr | 

    Michael Chaney: I really hope you’re right.

  15. #15 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    #9: “If I ever have property seized by police and they refuse to give it back, I will make sure to destroy 10X the value of that property in recompense.”

    Just make sure it’s property that actually belongs to the cop-thugs and not stuff that taxpayers are footing the bill for.

  16. #16 |  J.S. | 

    “The tea party is so quick to decry “govt taking their freedom” when it applies to non existent threats to their gun rights and health care from Obama, but the real threats seem to come mostly from their local law enforcement.”

    Oh please. Yes, many conservatives/tea party folks lick cop badges but the threats to self-defense through “gun laws” and health care enslavement do exist (buy a product just for living!). In states like NJ, MA or CA you have to beg the cops for permission to own guns or conceal carry.

    The sad thing is many just can’t make the connections until it hits them over the head via getting beat up, excessive taxes or outright theft. “Oh, seatbelt laws are for safety and they won’t ticket you! We have to pass the law!” 25-30 years later, its “click it or ticket” and used to make up state revenue shortfalls. Despite 1.5 generations being constantly exposed to pro seat belt propaganda that most buckle up without a second thought (or have to listen to the car beep constantly).

  17. #17 |  Mattocracy | 

    Instead of taxing your stuff away from you, they’ll now asset forfeiture it away instead.

  18. #18 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Luke Davis is now under investigation for embezzlement, just so you all know.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/corruption_probe_michigan_stat.html

    Also been busted for possession, racketeering, and other fun stuff.

  19. #19 |  croaker | 

    @18

    Try him.

    Convict him.

    Farm his ass out to a Turkish Prison for the full term of sentence.

  20. #20 |  Highway | 

    Mattocracy, I tend to think of it as more of a ‘multi-pronged’ strategy. Sure, they could tax you, but that’s slow, and it might miss some things. So let’s add in the asset forfeiture to clean up the rest and make sure that you don’t have anything. That doesn’t mean get rid of the taxing, tho…

  21. #21 |  Sinchy | 

    JS-

    “In states like NJ, MA or CA you have to beg the cops for permission to own guns or conceal carry.”

    You made my point when you speak of state gun laws. Those are the local issues that the tea party projected on Obama.
    I’m not saying those are not real issues, just that they should be looking in their own backyards, not at Obama.

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