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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform – Taking the Piracy Out of Policing

Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless has filed the “Personal Asset Protection Act,” which would drastically change Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture law. Currently, civil asset forfeiture law allows law enforcement to seize someone’s assets even though the owner has never been convicted of a crime and in many instances, is never even charged with a crime. The bill, SB838, was filed late in this year’s legislative session and will likely not be acted upon this year. Senator Loveless plans to hold an interim study into civil asset forfeiture law to gather facts and build a coalition of supporters before next year’s session.

The changes that Senator Loveless has proposed are on two main issues. The first is requiring that a conviction be obtained before assets can be seized. The second, and the most likely to be opposed by law enforcement, requires seized assets to be sent to Oklahoma’s general revenue fund instead of being retained by the law enforcement agency making […] → Keep reading

Baltimore: The Pratt Street Riot of 1861 and The Thug Riot of 2015

The rioting in Baltimore has been dominating the news this week and it has been a disgusting display of liberalism in action. The thugs claim victim status as justification for rioting, arson and theft while the police stand idly by, handcuffed by a wimp of a Mayor who wanted to give the “protesters” some “space to destroy” the city, while later claiming that she never said that. It is a stark contrast to the rioting in Baltimore in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War. Fort Sumter, South Carolina is famous for being the location of the first shots fired in the war and the First Battle of Bull Run is famous for being the first major land battle of the armies in Virginia. But did you know that Baltimore is the location of the first documented casualty of the Civil War and that it happened during rioting in the streets? The Pratt Street Riot on April 19, 1861 […] → Keep reading

Police Militarization: It’s Gone Too Far

I have been noticing a disturbing trend lately. More and more news reports have been about similar incidents. A Florida nurse is terrorized by U.S. Marshals in a warrantless raid, looking for someone she had never heard of. Based on their appearance she thought she was being the victim of a home invasion, got a gun and almost shot at them. If she had, no doubt they would have killed her. A man asleep in his bed in a basement apartment he was renting was shot 16 times by a sheriff’s deputy and a Department of Corrections officer while they were at the house to arrest a parole violator. The man they were after was already in custody when they decided to search the house, at which time they entered the basement and shot the sleeping man. No charges were filed against them. A 61 year old man is shot to death by police when they conduct a drug […] → Keep reading