There was a tremendous sigh of relief from critics of the practice of “asset forfeiture,” when the Department of Justice announced it was disbanding “equitable sharing.”
Asset forfeiture allows police to take money and property from citizens without any charges actually being filed.
To see what the public thinks about this, Google “John Oliver, Civil Forfeiture.”
According to the Washington Post: “The ‘equitable-sharing’ program gives police the option of prosecuting asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law. The Justice Department had suspended payments under this program back in December, due to budget cuts included in last year’s spending bill.
“In the months since we made the difficult decision to defer equitable sharing payments because of the $1.2 billion rescinded from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, the financial solvency of the fund has improved to the point where it is no longer necessary to continue deferring Equitable Sharing payments,” spokesman Peter J. Carr said.
If you can understand what Carr said, you must be an attorney.
But the good news for law enforcement is that equitable sharing is back, thanks to a lot of hard work from organizations like the FOP and PBA.
It’s basically the same thing that happened with the Pentagon’s 1033 program.
After a lot of misinformation about changes from federal officials, it was back to business as usual in a matter of months.
Most of the military gear that was returned has since been replaced with more gear.