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    Iowa Cops Buy an Armored Vehicle With $300,000 in Asset Forfeiture Funds

    It's a nasty mix of police militarization and civil asset forfeiture.

    On Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office in Linn County, Iowa, announced the purchase of a BearCat G2 armored vehicle with $297,061 in funds obtained via civil asset forfeiture.

    Although Iowa established limits on asset forfeiture, the practice is alive and well in the state. In 2017, the state legislature passed a law requiring a criminal conviction before property forfeiture, as police could previously seize assets based solely on suspicion. Oddly enough, the change only applies to possessions valued at less than $5,000, meaning more valuable belongings can still be taken by law enforcement without a conviction.

    In 2018, Iowa's Supreme Court reined in other parts of the practice, including requiring courts to verify that law enforcement legally confiscated property before considering a claim on those goods.

    Proponents say that asset forfeiture stops crimes at their roots; if law enforcement officers are able to cut off the tools used to commit a crime—such as the car driven during a drug exchange—then crime rates should decrease, the thinking goes. In practice, though, it has a negligible impact on crime rates, and merely provides a perverse incentive for police to seize as much property as possible in order to fund their departments. In Iowa, for example, police get to keep 100 percent of the proceeds.
    "The Patriarch"

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    I don't know about you, but I'm feeling safer already. After all, we need a parasitic class to rob us, beat us, taze us, kidnap and even kill us in order to protect us from folks who would rob, beat, taze, kidnap and kill us! Hey, wait a second...

    "Government ... does not exist of necessity, but rather by virtue of a tragic, almost comical combination of klutzy, opportunistic terrorism against sitting ducks whom it pretends to shelter, plus our childish phobia of responsibility, praying to be exempted from the hard reality of life on life's terms." Wolf DeVoon

    "...Make America Great Again. I'm interested in making American FREE again. Then the greatness will come automatically."Ron Paul

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