Civil Forfeiture Highway Shakedowns in Tennessee

Civil Forfeiture Highway Shakedowns in Tennessee


Are some police agencies more concerned about making
money off the drugs than stopping them? Well at the center of this months long investigation,
our laws that let officers pull you over Looking for cash, get this, they don’t even
have to charge you with a crime to keep your money. A tractor trailer stopped for a traffic violation leads to a search and the discovery of large blocks containing almost $200,000 cash. Cash that officers keep on the suspicion that it’s drug money. In fact, Interstate 40 has become a major profit center for Tennessee law enforcement With officers stopping and often searching out of state vehicles. Is it okay that they? “It’s okay, it’s okay.” It’s because of a state law that lets them seize
money like the cash shown in these police photos Simply based on the suspicion that it’s linked to drug trafficking. If an owner does not take legal action to get the money back The agency gets to keep it all. This is really Highway Shakedowns coming to the US. “Hey, the reason why I stopped you was you
were coming outside of your lane of travel.” “I don’t know if you’re getting sleepy or…you’re not drinking are you?” So what was the reason for the stop? I think he said he crossed the line, weaved over. And our camera had been tracking that same supervisor and captured
the exact moment that he put on his brakes Just as he was about to pass the Texas vehicle. As you can see it’s squarely in between the lines. For almost two minutes the interdiction vehicle trails the SUV. And while the officer, himself, is all over the road, That car wasn’t weaving In the tape it was not weaving. It did not cross the line, you’re right. He never weaved once, did he? No, he stayed within the lane of traffic. “Sir, how are you doing today? Can I get your license please?” And we obtained other videos from that same 23rd drug task force supervisor Where he stops out-of-state drivers And never even tells them that they violated any traffic laws. Last year the Institute for Justice issued this report,
Policing for Profit, that gave Tennessee A D- for Civil Forfeiture Laws that make it all possible. Under Civil Forfeiture you give law enforcement a direct and perverse incentive To go out and try to take as much property from citizens as possible. It’s a way to make money for your task force? (Long Pause) Honestly? Uhh…yeah well when you say, “Make money” I guess…it is
a way for us to continue to fund Our operation. What we’re doing, we’re taking advantage of how the laws are. To use the money to be able to put back the fight to drugs. So everything’s paid through seizures and fines. So if these officers out on the interstate don’t come up with cash Then they might lose their jobs. Well, it’s a possibility, yes. Out here on the interstate interdiction officers have a choice Conventional wisdom is that the drugs come in from Mexico on the Eastbound side But the money goes back on the West. We spotted both the 23rd and DICE staging time and time again, With their backs to the drug side In fact, the review of daily activity sheets, kept by the 23rd Discovered that when officers noted the location of their traffic stops There were ten times as many on the money side. We want both sides of the roads worked. It looks like they’re not concerned about stopping the
drugs and they just want the money. That’s what it looks like. Is that the case? That shouldn’t be the case but that’s what it looks like. It shows that the Police are really focusing,
not on trying to get the drugs Not on trying to enforce the drug laws, stop that flow throughout the country. They’re focused on getting the money. Law enforcement authorities say their goal is to
hit the drug traffickers in the pocketbook Which undoubtedly they have but some people have hired lawyers after their cash Was taken and sometimes after months and months of litigation Judges have ruled that the money really never had
anything to do with drug dealing at all. To learn more, visit IJ.org

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    Tommy Wilson

    Tons of videos like this, and they wonder why the people in this country hate the government and the police; which are nothing but the thugs hired to carry out the government's will!

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    Joe Hintz

    Until these bastards start getting blown away EN MASSE by us–WE THE PEOPLE–this shit will not stop!!!!!!! ftpftgftpftgftpftgftpftgftpftg!!!! Death to all these satanic, OPPRESSIVE, vatican-owned, parasites, and all…ALL of their constituents, and EVERYTHING that walks, talks, wiggles, crawls, or smells like them, and their kind!!!!!!! They all ARE THE ENEMY!!!!!! SWORN on oath to/by their father SATAN!!!!!! PEOPLE…. pull up "Rome on the Potomac," and realize some shit!!!!!!!!!

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    Joe Hintz

    "Paid for by seiszues, and fines…" ha fucking ha…even money("minted") would not exist without taxpaying "WE THE PEOPLE!!" Communism/satanism…plain&simple straight down the ranks of the vatican!!!ftpftgftpftgftpftgftpftg!!!!!!

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    Joe Hintz

    WE should NEVER have allowed the shit to go this far in the first place, but the "mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth" has you all brainwashed by their subtlety, and you don't see it, OR give a damn!!!!!!

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    David S

    Another case of criminals with badges. They say they use the laws, don't they make the laws? It's interesting that governments make laws allowing them to do things that would otherwise be illegal then use the fact that there is now a law to justify there actions.

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    Paul Forester

    The police long crossed the line and became criminals. They play both sides too. Prohibition didn't work and the pigs don't care cause they are having too much fun robbing people.

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    Jaded Cynic

    This must STOP. INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. I dont care that the powers that be want your money in a bank so it can be taken.

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    Alex Acosta

    Yes they are!. Crimmals in uniform ,disgraceful . They have large bank accounts and own businesses that the opened with the money they make with this forefichor.

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    Buffy K-9

    WICKEDLY EVIL PEOPLE WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENT. DEVIL'S, THE GESTAPO, WORKING FOR THE DEMONS IN GOVERNMENT.
    SON'S AND DAUGHTERS OF SATAN, LUCIFER HIMSELF.
    IT'S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY.

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    mark richmond

    Most laws are immoral. Only good politician is a dead one. Sit on their fat asses and make laws to fuck citizens out of their cash. Greed is an awful thing to let yourself be controlled by. Explain to me how this is a moral action. Only lies and deceit can be used to explain

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    Terry Heckman sr

    Complete violation of our constitutional privacy right to travel with money, innocent until proven guilty, have to have proff its drug 💰your a greedy traitorous state if you do this, they don't have a license to steal, they have an oath to protect,they are in violation of that oath.

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    Paul Baransky

    Tennessee is another backwards state. low class law enforcement. still stuck in the backwards southern law and order. C'mon Tennessee it's not fifty years ago.

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    D90Girl

    It's not the cops, it's the LAW MAKERS !
    Call your State representative and demand change !
    Start a petition etc, etc ….

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    Curtis Jones

    I guarantee you that obama told them they could do this to us. That reptile screwed us EVERY chance that antichrist could. Devil from HELL. He WILL be back to KILL US LATER, thanks to satans imps, ALL LIBERALS, WHO MADE US A COMMUNIST COUNTRY.

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    Ryben Flynn

    Recently a South Carolina District Judge ruled that South Carolina's civil asset forfeiture law is unconstitutional. Don't know if the state will appeal to the State Supreme Court or not.
    They were taking your stuff before a conviction for a crime. Judge didn't like that. No due process.

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    Robert Blunt false arrest

    This just didn't happen overnight they've been doing this for years if you were smart and you work and headed west you would go over the top or go through Georgia

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    odeis5

    omfg, please tell me you've stuck the person who does the narration for this someplace where another human never ha ss to he ar  hi im  ta al lk  ab  ou  T  An yth   Ing   Ev  rer aG aiN.  I've seen people with brain damage who know how to speak better than that idiot.

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    Emanuel Jones

    Law enforcement in america is nothing but a criminal enterprise.All prisons should be filled to capacity with these dirty turds who call themselves police officers.This country is totally messed up whether it's national politics,finance,medical care every dam thing.Saddest thing is that this mentality is truly causing the total self destruction of the country.

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    Eugene Pearson

    It was legal to execute Jews, homosexual and others in socialist Nazi Germany, but that doesn't mean it's right.

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    aaaaa1957

    Is anybody really surprised I crooked police are? We know the United States is at breaking point politicians passing laws to increase their pocketbooks cops becoming criminals again to put money in their pockets. It almost time for citizens to take back our Country.

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    Curt Nicholson

    Let's see I'm an average American and I'm not rich so I don't usually carry boxes bags and suitcases full of cash, so I don't think these are your average Joe Blow Citizen's that they are pulling over. I don't think you have to be a genius to figure this out!

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    Eric Letts

    It would be awful hard to have a cop take a persons money, and for that person not to treat this as any other type of robbery.

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    Marc Wesley

    They steal from people to pay for more robberies? And these are people living off taxpayers? And just going for cash instead of drugs. What's the difference? Cops just sell drugs they take so they get money either way.

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    grancito2

    No laws to control the corrupt police, what do people need to do with them, the people have no tax payer prisons, capital punishment?

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    Fred Rayner

    is there any wonder why people shoot cops? I cant stand them, they are on the money side because they are pussies who are afraid to stop drug traffickers, in sarasota we have side walk. cops they stay busy stopping bicycles and pedestrians and ask if they can search you and tell you if you refuse they will hold you till a dog gets there to check you

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    Sal Balakrishnan

    Always have a camera or preferably a second backup hidden to protect yourself and have an attorney's number through a service ready.. Do not engage in small talk ever and never allow a search without a warrant.

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    Rob Hall

    Don't go into Greenville or Green county Tennessee. Speed traps and setting up "no win" pull- overs and fines are the rule here. I believe the sheriff and the police chief are on the take. Just my 2 cents. They are under investigation is what I have been told.

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    Woodsman 18 Dog

    Come on let’s just say it for what it is it’s a big criminal organization that’s all law-enforcement has any more do I have to say it again

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    grumpy old fart

    Beware cops……If you take a locked money bag from me, It will have 2 big rattlesnakes inside. Cut it open and stick your hand inside it you son of a bitch.

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    MsMyxlplyx

    and based on the strip inside the paper money the fuzz know exactly HOW MUCH MONEY is in the car…It is highway robbery by the cops.

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    Jimmy Armijo

    Xxxxtra. !!!! Some / not all !! Cops !!!! Criminal !! Illigal. !! Imoral. !!!! Corrupt. !!!! Hang m all. !! Aaazsss holesssss !!!!

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    Jimmy Armijo

    Xxxtra !! Like cali. !! Tax uuuuuuu. Ass. 2 death. !!! Kill da golden. Goose. !!! Nonono. Rspect. !!! Retarts. !!!!!

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    Joel Threatt

    This shows that you need to careful around "sworn" personnel. They will execute any order or directive regardlessor the constitutionality of it. Remember, their oath states, in part, to support and defend the constitution.

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    Scott Rackley

    How is it that cops can seize your property, no matter what it is, if it's legal to have; without a court order and you being able to redress that. I can't wrap my mind around the concept.

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    Denis Long

    Most Irish people don't know we have the same law in Ireland. If you have a large sum of money and refuse to account for it the government can sieze it without warrant.

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    Nun Ya

    They have more to worry about then their jobs if they try to steal from me. They will lose their life. Fucking animals.

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    mike joerger

    Call it what it is it's called strong arm robbery and at that point you have every right to protect yourself and your property according to the Constitution even if it is an officer

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