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    More ridiculous Civil Asset Forfeiture shenanigans

    Chicago police run a vehicle impound racket
    Imagine dropping your car off at the local mechanic because you need to get your engine tuned up.
    A few days later you come back to pick up your car, only to find out that it has been impounded by the police.
    That’s what happened to one couple in Chicago.
    It turned out that one of the mechanics took their car out for a joy ride. He was driving too fast, was pulled over, and arrested for driving without a license.
    The police then impounded the vehicle, even though it wasn’t his.
    The couple went down to the police station to get their vehicle back, but the police insisted that they pay thousands of dollars, even though they did nothing wrong.
    Meanwhile, the police are charging them storage fees to keep the vehicle in the impound parking lot.
    The couple managed to scrap together the money to have their vehicle released… only to find out that the police had already sold it at an auction!
    This wasn’t an isolated incident either. The City of Chicago does this countless times per year, for offenses as minor as littering and playing loud music.
    (Chicago brings in about $28 million per year impounding cars and running up storage fees.)
    Now the Institute for Justice is helping the couple lead a class action lawsuit challenging this Civil Asset Forfeiture racket.
    They argue the scheme violates due process, by forcing innocent vehicle owners to account for crimes drivers committed. Plus, holding the vehicles ransom until fines are paid is an unconstitutional seizure.
    Click here for the full story.

    Appeals Court diminishes the Fourth Amendment
    An US federal appeals court recently ruled that when police suspect a driver of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), officers can search the vehicle for drugs and other contraband.
    This applies even if police have no reason to suspect that there are any illegal substances in the vehicle.
    This may sound like a small issue, but it is another example of the Fourth Amendment being chipped away.
    Police are supposed to have a very narrow latitude to search you. Everything they do must be justified by reasonable suspicion related to a specific offense.
    Smelling alcohol on your breath isn’t supposed to give them carte blanche to turn your vehicle inside out.
    Click here for the full story.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...re-shenanigans
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    Wow -

    Imagine dropping your car off at the local mechanic because you need to get your engine tuned up. A few days later you come back to pick up your car, only to find out that it has been impounded by the police. That’s what happened to one couple in Chicago. …

    one of the mechanics took their car out for a joy ride. He was driving too fast, was pulled over, and arrested for driving without a license. The police then impounded the vehicle, even though it wasn’t his.

    The couple went down to the police station to get their vehicle back, but the police insisted that they pay thousands of dollars … Meanwhile, the police are charging them storage fees …

    The couple managed to scrap together the money to have their vehicle released… only to find out that the police had already sold it at an auction! This wasn’t an isolated incident either. The City of Chicago does this countless times per year, for offenses as minor as littering and playing loud music. (Chicago brings in about $28 million per year impounding cars and running up storage fees.) …

    the scheme violates due process, by forcing innocent vehicle owners to account for crimes drivers committed. Plus, holding the vehicles ransom until fines are paid is an unconstitutional seizure. …
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    A small price to pay for living in a civil society.
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    A colored lesbian is mayor now.
    Hopefully this results in greater diversity of their civil asset forfeiture program. Boats, planes, golf carts, tractors,
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
    - Kim Kardashian

    Donald Trump / Rand Paul (Vice Pres) 2016!!!!

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    As too many Chicagoans know first-hand, getting a car back from the impound is a lengthy and expensive process. In 2017 alone, more than 22,000 cars were impounded under the program being challenged in the new suit. Fines and fees associated with such impounds added to more than $28 million in 2017.
    With that many people, why not put it on the ballot to take cops off the street. Crime rate would go down, people would have less of their hard-earned paychecks stolen and the corrupt courts wouldn't be so overwhelmed. It's a win-win-win all the way around.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

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    SOP for government. Left, right ir center, makes no difference.

    Anyone who doesn't realize that government is just a criminal gang is hopelessly naive.

    Anyone who thinks they're going to "fix" government by electing the "right" people is hopelessly, childishly naive as well. You can't "fix" what isn't broken. Government is doing precisely what it's always been intended to do.
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