When it comes to the practice of civil asset forfeiture, groups that rarely see eye-to-eye have found themselves sharing a common cause: restricting or eliminating the practice.
Cash-strapped law enforcement agencies simply cannot afford to get the job done without forfeiture, and pushback by lobbyists against calls for reform have been successful in some places but not others.
But when the American Enterprise Institute (funded by the Koch Brothers) and the American Civil Liberties Union find a reason to work in concert, law enforcement leaders can continue to play defense in the court of public opinion.
One of the things that critics of forfeiture like to point out is that, in 2014, law enforcement actually took more cash from people than burglars did.
That’s never happened before. Ever.
Critics, like AEI’s Mark J. Perry, say that a system where law enforcement can relieve people of their money and property without any criminal charges ever being filed is, at best, an unsustainable practice.