WHILE FORFEITURE LAWS EXIST, CITY BRASS WILL BE TEMPTED
to SHOOT CITIZENS TO GRAB THEIR LAND, THEIR STUFF. THEIR LIFE !
COPS AND POLS STEAL A 200 acre MALIBU RANCH BY MURDERING ITS OWNER! THINK NOT? READ expert on this scummy cop/ mayor/ sheriff and realize it's been a common practice:
THE POSTER BABY for the ANTI FORFEITURE MOVEMENT will always default to DONALD SCOTT whose gorgeous 200 acre Malibu RANCH was worth 3 million in 1992 (as calculated by DEA/ FED agents, Nat'l Parks Officers and SHERIFFS and dozens of JET PROPULSION LAB EXECUTIVES as they flew HUNGRILY over his property discussing its value just before they'd break in and murder him.) See http://www.saveourguns.com/scott001.htm
Scott's beautiful young WIDOW told the MALIBU TIMES what it was like. THE WIDOW'S STORY.
In 1992, LA and VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF COMBINED TASK FORCE and their deputies shot Scott's brains out onto his living room floor and tried to allege that they expected grass was growing on the back FORTY. It was. Just not marijuana grass, not the 14 plants they needed to take his land away from him. Just an organic garden. Orchards, Vegetables, Vines.
Scott's had ominously named his organic ranch "TRAILS END" and it certainly was that for him. It was so beautiful that it got targeted by the U.S. PARK DEPARTMENT and PASADENA JET PROPULSION LABS and LA / VENTURA COUNTY for seizure. A rich prize. Not only were bad search warrants carried by a few trigger-happy, sleazebag rottweiler cops hot to do the job for their masters to attain Asset-forfeiture purloinment by the counties of LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA, not only that ---The two sheriffs were blonde twinkies. Scott was setting down his gun when the stupid dames plugged him.
Imagine armed cops appearing in the middle of the night, at YOUR HOUSE. Scott was sleeping, leapt out of bed, grabbed his gun, came down the stairs. The GUN held high OVERHEAD. The twinkie cops told him to bring the gun down and when he did, shot him dead while his wife Frances watched.
Click on the above articles and deposition texts to see if you can spot the Federal Park Dept official, TIM SIMONDS, the DEA AGENT, the judge, Mayor or police chief who wanted the GOV TO GRAB that HUGE parklike Malibu piece of bottom land and wanted it badly enough to lie about drugs, mouth slander to a judge, create illegal warrants and then murder a man in his prime, destroying his family's life forever.
His children used Johnny Cochran to sue (asked for 100 million) and got virtually nothing. 5 MIL. Dad's ashes were in the home when it burned down in 1993. Sad ending. So, Remember the word FORFEITURE!... AND DON'T CARRY BIG MONEY ON AIRPLANES. CUSTOMS HAS RIGHT TO STEAL IT
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IN MY MORNING NEWSPAPER TODAY: VETERAN COP Lt. DIANE GOLDSTEIN WRITES
"Upton Sinclair famously stated, 'It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.' This quote rang true in NAZI GERMAN DAYS but is especially true when the California Assembly voted down Sen. Holly Mitchell’s civil asset forfeiture reform bill despite overwhelming voter support. "
Asset forfeiture was originally intended to cripple drug dealers by stripping them of their profits, but civil forfeiture, a type of asset forfeiture, has permitted police to seize property from individuals without having to convict them of a crime and is usually used against the poor and marginalized.
Mitchell’s Senate Bill 443 would have required law enforcement to “seek or obtain” a conviction to make a lawful seizure, ensuring due process for innocent owners. In its report “Above the Law: An Investigation into Civil Asset Forfeiture in California,” The Drug Policy Alliance documented many of the abuses that have occurred in California.
Most notable is that the average seizure in 2013 was for $8,542 and is clearly not drug kingpin money. Last year, a Washington Post analysis of the Federal Equitable Sharing Program, (the funding mechanism between agencies) found less than 10 percent of assets seized resulted in an indictment. Yet the California law enforcement lobby claimed it would lose $80 million a year if SB 443 passed, making the drug war profitable not just for criminals but also for law enforcement. This has resulted in the corruption of our mission and prioritizes profits over fundamental civil liberties.
"I (an ex cop) agree with the original architects of civil asset forfeiture, John Yoder and Brad Cates, who stated in a 2014 Washington Post opinion piece that the program should be abolished. They said, “The program had failed in both purpose and execution,” and that the tactic itself is evil, “with the corruption it engendered among ... law enforcement coming to clearly outweigh any benefits.”
As a criminal justice professional, I testified in three committees and met with California lawmakers and legislative staffers in the Senate and the Assembly before the vote. Staffers said that California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and California Association of District Attorneys (CADA) were calling legislators directly to tell them the latest amendments would continue to impact funding and participation on federal task forces and result in the federal government decertifying California.
All of this is untrue. It is this behavior that Yoder and Cates discuss when they point to how the asset forfeiture program, designed with good intentions, has been corrupted.
SB 443 would not have removed any investigatory tools or the ability of law enforcement to seize property from criminals at the local level or while working in a taskforce. This bill simply provided transparency while upholding one of the fundamental principles of our Constitution: due process.
Recent polls continue to find Americans don’t believe there is accountability for criminal justice misconduct, misuse of force, or racial discrimination. Aggressive lobbying and mischaracterization of this bill is just another indicator of the many systemic issues in policing and in our courts. It’s time for legislators to fix the conflict of interest that exists when police and prosecutors have a budgetary stake in forfeited property and are able to circumvent legislative oversight as required by law.
Much above written by Diane Goldstein a retired lieutenant spent more than 20 years with the Redondo Beach Police Department. She is an executive board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Tiny rewrite by our poster (below) has gone on here too.