I said I would criticize Trump when he is wrong about something important. He is wrong about Civil Asset Forfeiture reform. And that’s important.
President Donald Trump … offered to “destroy” the career of an unnamed Texas state senator who is backing a bill (to reform Civil Asset Forfeiture).
The issue that brought Trump’s threat is called “asset forfeiture.” Burton’s bill and maybe one other in the Senate would make it harder for law enforcement agencies to seize property from people who are accused of but not convicted of a crime.
Many forfeitures involve cash from drug busts, but in others the seizures before conviction amount to legalized robbery.
As reported by The Texas Tribune, Trump’s threat came Tuesday in a meeting with sheriffs at the White House. When he asked how he could improve law enforcement, Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson spoke up.
“We’ve got a state senator in Texas that’s talking about introducing legislation to require conviction before we can receive that forfeiture money,” Eavenson said.
It’s unconscionable in a free society that the state can take your stuff and then force you to go to court to get it back… without convicting you of a crime.