January 16, 2015

PROGRESS: Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police. “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.”

This is absolutely the right thing to do, and long overdue. However, I kind of wonder if the reason why it’s happening now has more to do with the Obama Administration’s current war with state and local police, something that the Post article touches on obliquely. Kind of like the flipside to the NYPD’s starving the city of revenue by refusing to issue tickets. . . .

Much background here.