Here are just a couple of articles that describe some of the experiences of innocent people who were bullied by local police in civil forfeiture cases:
- Sarah Silverman. "Taken." The New Yorker. August 12, 19. 2013.
- Michael Sallah, Robert O'Harrow Jr., Steven Rich, Gabe Silverman. "Stop and Seizure." The Washington Post. September 6, 2014.
It is an outrage that a person's property can be seized and liquidated by police without due process of law. In many cases, it's up to the person, not the state or law agency, to prove innocence.
However, in a recent meeting with sheriffs, President Trump "joked" about destroying the career of a Texas state senator who was supporting such reforms. I put "joking" in quotes because although folks laughed, Trump's face suggests the authoritarian that he is: If he doesn't like what you do, he threatens you. And now he has the most powerful seat in the nation--perhaps the world.
Just look at his face as he turns away after making his "joke."
Sheriff tells Trump that state senator is doing something he doesn't like— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 7, 2017
Trump: "Do you want to give his name? We'll destroy his career." pic.twitter.com/75y3t9zc54