Seizing assets without permission is theft. It is even worse when the government we elect to protect our rights does it. We can’t allow our government to violate our rights this way. The Fifth amendment clearly states that we will not” be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
We learned that a dismal threshold has been passed. The value of property that police departments seized through civil-asset forfeiture—usually without accusing, let alone convicting, the property owners of a crime—exceeded the value of property stolen by nongovernment burglars.