Hot! John Oliver: Police Officers Can Legally Steal From Citizens to Buy ‘Toys’ Under Civil Forfeiture Laws

Money SignJohn Oliver discusses civil asset forfeiture on HBO’s This Week Tonight, and exposes how police departments across the U.S. are using this legislation to seize money and property from people without convicting them of a crime.

Oliver quoted statistics showing that since 9/11 law enforcement officials have confiscated over $2.5 billion in 62,000 cash seizures under civil asset forfeiture.

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“If police have a preponderance of the evidence that suggests that your property was or could be used in a crime they may confiscate it,” said Oliver. “These civil forfeiture laws have warped law enforcement priorities and perception.”

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