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Police STEAL $160,000 dollars from man during Traffic Stop (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ec3nATX8gw

Talk about highway robbery! The police don't exist to protect us, only to steal and imprison us.




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This is TN

Good Ol' Boys ran politics here... Our drug laws are so arcane...

America Sucks

Institutionalized crime and the media acts like its normal. Those "officers" should be in prison but instead there are still out there committing multiple felonies a day. The American people are brain dead zombies.

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The driver lied to the jack boot

At least if the driver explained to the state sponsored looter that he had the cash on-board to make a business purchase he could have gone after the cop later with a law suit.

Police have no right to assume

...anything....unless there was a theft reported, or a robbery reported, and the vehicle and/or man fit the description.

End of story.

Conflict of Interest

What an incredible conflict of interest that police get to keep money the seize. I think the law should state that any and all funds seized should go specifically to the Internal Affairs department of that police department. That way, officers would be less likely to want to seize (aka "steal") funds from citizens.

Internal Affairs?

Isn't that the group that investigates wrongdoing within the police dept? I don't think having the police as their collection agents is a good idea. Wouldn't they be more lenient on "good earners"?

Thanks for posting

And good job by that TV station for doing some serious
investigative reporting.

This whole civil forfeiture thing was a bad idea when they
first started doing it (under Reagan) and has gone completely over the top.

Consider the forfeiture language in the S.649 gun bill -

If convicted of selling a gun or ammo to someone "knowing or having
reason reasonable cause to believe" that they are a "prohibited person"
(neither seller or buyer have to actually know the recipient is prohibited)
then you are not only looking at a federal felony rap but also:

`Sec. 934. Forfeiture and fines
``(a)(1) Any person convicted of a violation of section 932 or 933
shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of
State law--
``(A) any property constituting, or derived from, any
proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, as the
result of such violation; and
``(B) any of the person's property used, or intended to be
used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the
commission of, such violation.
``(2) The court, in imposing sentence on a person convicted of a
violation of section 932 or 933, shall order, in addition to any other
sentence imposed pursuant to section 932 or 933, that the person
forfeit to the United States all property described in paragraph (1).

Translation - sell a gun to someone you "should have known" was, say,
a marijuana user at your house or business and the government will
take said house or business (plus you will be fined on top of all the above).

Obviously anyone who doesn't support such reasonable measures wants
innocent children to be mowed down by assault rifle wielding psychos...

What a travesty!

They took $5,000 of that man's money and for what?! Plus the whole idea that it costs more to sue the police to get your money back than it is to just forfeit the money opens the door for the police to steal as much as they can. And are their superiors ever going to frown upon this behavior when they get their share of the money? I mean that is some serious banana republic stuff right there. The cops can just steal from people??? And what's up w/ the comment at the 3:43 mark of the video where the officer says "I don't know honestly if we can, if can't link it to drugs, it's still a currency violation".

What is a "currency violation"? Is it illegal to carry large amounts of money in your car or something? That certainly doesn't sound like it should be a law (assuming it is one). This seems like a gigantic racket to steal from citizens.

Currency Violation

The only thing I can see that might be a currency violation is the fact the person in the video was from India and the officer assumed he brought the money in without declaring it. The Indian involved had to produce documentation according to the video and I have to assume that is to prove the money was legitimately brought into the U.S.

The only other currency violation I know of is depositing funds under the $10,000 limit on consecutive days in an attempt to hide the transaction from the IRS. The bank is well aware of this and Anti-Money Laundering laws would come into play. Also, if you tell the banker you want to "keep this under the IRS limit," or ask, "how much can I deposit to keep me under the IRS limit," the banker is required to report you to the IRS for asking the question.

Like this guy who lost his money, and is fined up to $250,000 and a potential of 15 years in prison. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aiJee...

Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

A Law About Making Bank Deposits?

I haven't heard of this. Is it a federal law? I cannot carry certain amounts of cash in my vehicle or on my person? Am I allowed to make a deposit over $10,000 on one day? Is it consecutive-day deposits they are looking for? Isn't everything so computerized now, the IRS can set their own alerts? If this is a law, then we are some of the least free people on the planet. What's next? We can only have a certain amount of food in our cabinets at any given time?

Arrogant, self-righteous, pompous, greedy, power-hungry egomaniacs describes our so-called "leaders" these days. A bunch of con-artists is what they are!

Make sure...

you do not carry $10K or more with you in cash, or...

They (the gov.) wants everything (money) to go thru channels, leaving paper trails. Not to mention that way everybody along the way gets their cut.

$9,999.00, OK. Yes the gov. are thieves on just about every level... well every level.

God forgives always. Man forgives sometimes. But Nature never forgives.

My company doesn't take cash

but my business account is limited to $7,500 and I do about a million a month on average in checks and wires.

So the $10,000 amount, while subject to the IRS 8300 form, might not be the case depending on the bank involved. See: http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/FAQs-Regarding-Reporting-Cash-Payments-of-Over-$10,000-%28Form-8300%29

Anytime I don't have to deal with the IRS, or can avoid ever talking to them, I save myself the potential of headaches down the road. If someone wants to buy with cash, I simply don't do business with them. Yes, I miss out on some commissions (lots really), but I like to live my life without scrutiny.

Author of Buy Gold and Silver Safely
Next book: Illusions of Wealth - due out soon
Also writing book We the Serfs!

I'm hearing you.

Continued success with your business.

God forgives always. Man forgives sometimes. But Nature never forgives.