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“The War on Drugs helped pay for the new guns”

On November 25, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Eapen Thampy

Anthony Karge, writing in the Darien Patch, reports:

Connecticut State police are purchasing 1,250 new pistols with money seized from criminals such as drug dealers.

According to the Associated Press, the new 45-caliber Sig Sauer P220 pistols total $280,000 and pack more power than the 16-year-old pistols currently used.

A description of the pistol on the Sig Sauer website says, “In 1976 the .45 ACP P220 was introduced and quickly became recognized as one of ‘the most accurate 45s right out of the box.’ Since that time the P220 has earned an enviable record in hot spots around the world.”

Asset forfeitures were a $1.8 billion national industry in the 2010 fiscal year. People convicted of federal crimes can have their property seized if that property “was involved in or the result of criminal behavior,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut made $5.5 million from asset forfeiture in 2010.

In 2011, 56 state troopers were laid off in order to for budgetary reasons. In 2012, lawmakers paved the way for future reductions in staff.

A couple notes. First, the $1.8 billion seems to be indicative only of forfeiture recoveries by US Attorneys. That figure may not capture the full level of federal forfeiture (particularly from non-DOJ agencies), and certainly does not include state or municipal forfeiture totals. Second, it is particularly troubling that law enforcement seems to increasingly default to forfeiture-funded enforcement as budget cuts begin affecting law enforcement; it’s a trend we’ve seen since 2007, and implies that law enforcement activities will increasingly occur without the appropriative sanction of legislators or the public debate that citizens deserve. As I noted yesterday, one is reminded of the words of American colonials in Boston circa 1772:
 And we look upon it highly probable, from the best intelligence we have been able to obtain, that not only our Governor and Lieutenant Governor, but the Judges of the Superior Court of Judicature, as also the King’s Attorney and Solicitor General are to receive their Support from this grievous tribute. This will, if accomplish’d, complete our Slavery. For if Taxes are to be raised from us by the Parliament of Great Britain without our consent, and the Men on whose opinions and decisions our Properties, Liberties, and Lives in a great measure depend, receive their Support from the Revenues arising from these Taxes, we cannot, when we think on the depravity of mankind, avoid looking with horror on the danger to which we are exposed! . . .

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