Virginia Doubles Down On Allowing Police to Simply Take All Your Stuff


The death of a Virginia state senate bill means residents and visitors to the state are more vulnerable to police taking their property without due process of law.

The Virginia Senate Finance Committee killed House Bill 1287 Tuesday, a bill that would generally require a conviction or plea deal before police could take your property, the Daily Press reports.

Currently, Virginia endorses the common practice in which police can seize property if they believe it is connected to a crime, even if you are not convicted of a crime. Citizens who have their property taken then have to go through the difficult process of winning their property back from the state, whether its cash, a vehicle, or anything else.

Trending: Trump Now Beating All Democrats In Three Key Battleground States

From 2008 to 2013, Virginia law enforcement seized more than $57 million in civil asset forfeitures, The Virginian Pilot reports.

take our poll - story continues below

Which Democrat will drop out of the race next?

  • Which Democrat will drop out of the race next?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Freedom Outpost updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

On top of a conviction, the bill would have required that a person exhaust all appeals options before their property is taken.

The bill was sent to the State Crime Commission for more study on the issue which is a nice way of killing it.

“Basic fairness is not a concept requiring research or careful analysis,” ACLU Virginia said in a statement. “It certainly doesn’t require a year-long study by the Crime Commission.  One either believes that the state should have to prove you guilty of a crime before it takes the property it says was used in the crime or you don’t.  It’s a simple matter of equity, not a complex policy decision.”

The practice is usually touted as a way to cut down on drug crime profits, but critics have pointed to cases where innocent people were deprived of their property for months or never got it back at all.

Eric Holder limited a fraction of civil asset forfeitures earlier this year in a move that has stoked the conversation over the questionable practice.

Source

Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.

Become an insider!

Sign up for the free Freedom Outpost email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Previous Barack Hussein Obama Displays Values – They Just Aren’t American Ones
Next Obama’s Jihad Denial Summit: ‘We Are Not At War with Islam’

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon to the right of the comment, and report it as spam. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.