Reply to "Why do people feel we are becoming a police state?"

Originally Posted by seeweed:

A lot of city police cars in several places I have seen lately have a sign on the back that I believe tells the entire tale of all these raids.
"This Car paid for by Dug Money": (or something very similar)

When it became legal for police departments to utilize the assets gained by drug raids etc, we started hearing about this. Drug seized assets, ie: houses, cars , cash etc, should NOT be avaliable to local police departments. That breads greed and greed breads corruption.

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I saw one of those signs this past Sunday in the Atlanta area, seeweed.  The exact words were, "This car paid for by your local drug dealer."

 

This incentive for law enforcement agencies to seize cash and property is undoubtedly responsible for some of the gone-bad  no-knock raids and other excesses we read about all too often.  There are, however, situations in which it is legitimate to  use such tactics.  Unfortunately, in too many cases, those deciding how to proceed err on the side of excess force and incomplete information.

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