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Ron Paul gets asset forfeiture

On October 1, 2011, in federal, by Eapen Thampy

While Americans for Forfeiture Reform is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for elected office, we do think it is important to note when candidates or elected officials acknowledge the problems that exist with America’s draconian asset forfeiture laws. In that vein, I’d like to point you to a Friday interview with US Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) by Reason Magazine where Paul discusses issues of police militarization, federalization, and forfeiture:

On a related note, during the town hall meeting, Paul was asked to react to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s recent assertion that his department has the ability to shoot down aircraft. “Yeah, I have concern about that,” Paul said. “That’s not exactly your friendly policeman on the block to go to when you’re in trouble. The militarization of our police force–the SWAT teams and all–I think it’s a bad sign.”

“I do think that when the federal government gets involved,” Paul continued, “and Homeland Security provides a lot of these weapons, and gives the weapons to them–I think it’s all a dangerous trend.”

“One thing though, that I also don’t like, is if there’s a drug bust, or the police come and they confiscate a boat or a plane–guess what? The police get to keep it. I mean, that is outrageous! What, do you think there would be a motivation then, for them to crack down and get a truck or a boat or a car? And then they get to use it?”

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