Crooked Cops Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Posted in category police state

Here’s an article in the Detroit News (Part 1) that investigates how police departments in the metro Detroit area use property seizures to cover their costs and line their pockets. Generally, the victims are poor people with few resources and no power to fight the system. And the thieves aren’t shy about bragging that the courts have long supported their endeavors. From the article:

“Local law enforcement agencies are raising millions of dollars by seizing private property suspected in crimes, but often without charges being filed — and sometimes even when authorities admit no offense was committed.

The money raised by confiscating goods in Metro Detroit soared more than 50 percent to at least $20.62 million from 2003 to 2007, according to a Detroit News analysis of records from 58 law enforcement agencies. In some communities, amounts raised went from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands — and, in one case, into the millions.

Here’s a few worthwhile quotes from the story, straight from the lips of the plunderers:

- “Police departments right now are looking for ways to generate revenue, and forfeiture is a way to offset the costs of doing business,” said Sgt. Dave Schreiner, who runs Canton Township’s forfeiture unit, which raised $343,699 in 2008. “You’ll find that departments are doing more forfeitures than they used to because they’ve got to — they’re running out of money and they’ve got to find it somewhere.”

- “Forfeitures are a way to help supplement your budgetary issues.” – Trenton Chief William Lilienthal

- “Revenue was not a primary concern, he said, “but it is nice when we’re able to purchase things we need from arrests.” – Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre

Here is Part 2 of the Detroit News story.

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5 Responses to Crooked Cops Shooting Fish in a Barrel

  1. cousin lucky says:

    November 14th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    My apartments have been broken into twice and I was mugged once; but through my 65 years of life, police officers have robbed me a total of six times!!

    Unless someone like Jimmy Justice videotapes what happened the police will cover it up.

    On Staten Island the main problem is the criminals paying the police to just
    ” Look the Other Way ” from the money being made by gambling, prostitution and the sale of narcotics !!

  2. Jay Jones says:

    November 15th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Karen,

    This type of leo behavior goes on in many places. The small town of Tenaha in East Texas has been in the news for shaking down minority motorists. See CNN.com/crime.. a May 6 2009 update for the story. It was the war on drugs that started this.

  3. clark says:

    November 15th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I wonder if children play, “robbers and robbers” these days rather than, “cops and robbers”?

    The last time a cop pulled me over and while checking my papers asked why I was nervous, I told him everytime I get pulled over it costs me money and I was thinking how much it was going to cost me this time – truthful me. He seemed satisfied with that answer.

    There is no such thing as property ownership in America, all property is just on loan from the state and they can take it back aannyy time they want for whatever reason they want, or for no reason at all. The Constitution truly does mean nothing at all.

  4. Brandon says:

    November 15th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Not just a crooked police department but a city, county and state governments that allow it to take place.

  5. liberranter says:

    November 15th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This is becoming SOP in just about every jurisdiction and the choice of poor, urban targets is indeed deliberate. I have it on good authority from an ex-county sheriff’s deputy of my acquaintance that cops will almost NEVER seize property without a warrant from anyone who resides in an affluent suburban neighborhood or from anyone living in a rural area where the residents are known to be heavily armed (I’m fortunate to reside in the latter).

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