Federal Government manages to steal more annually than burglars

“Here’s an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week.

Officers can take cash and property from people without convicting or even charging them with a crime — yes, really! — through the highly controversial practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Last year, according to the Institute for Justice, the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds. That same year, the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 billion.

Armstrong claims that “the police are now taking more assets than the criminals,” but this isn’t exactly right: The FBI also tracks property losses from larceny and theft, in addition to plain ol’ burglary. If you add up all the property stolen in 2014, from burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and other means, you arrive at roughly $12.3 billion, according to the FBI. That’s more than double the federal asset forfeiture haul.”

[In tough times, police start seizing a lot more stuff]


How about that?

Tthe Fed makes more money than burglars by seizing assets

Bear in mind that these federal forfeitures don’t even need to go through a court

All they need is a green light from a prosecutor to say they think the funds were obtained illegally

I don’t know about you, but I will shoot any son-of a-bitch I catch crawling through my window

And I don’t care whether you are wearing a hoodie

Or a suit

Happy Friday

One response to “Federal Government manages to steal more annually than burglars

  1. The only difference between a government and a mafia is perception.

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