A bipartisan coalition has emerged nationwide to ban or limit the controversial process known as civil asset forfeiture, which has allowed government officials to seize and sell off property from suspects before they are actually convicted of a crime.
North Carolina, California, Nevada, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, Ohio, New Mexico, Nebraska, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, and Vermont have led by passing reforms to curb civil asset forfeiture, but Hawaii won’t be joining them thanks to Democratic Governor David Ige.
Ige vetoed House Bill 748, legislation that would have limited the use of civil asset forfeiture to situations in which prosecutors were able to secure felony convictions. This would have stopped most of the abuses that commonly arise from the practice.
“The legislature finds that civil asset forfeiture frequently leaves innocent citizens deprived of personal property without having ever been charged or convicted of any crime. This amounts to government-sponsored theft,” the bill read.
Ige released a misleading veto statement, denigrating House Bill 748, and claiming that safeguards are already in place to protect the innocent from being targeted by civil asset forfeiture in Hawaii.
“While the language of the bill characterizes asset forfeiture as “government-sponsored theft,” in reality, civil asset forfeiture is used only when a crime is committed and only for the purposes of stopping ongoing criminal activity and deterring further crimes,” Ige wrote.
“In short, the existing statutes require proof that property was connected to a crime, give an aggrieved owner the right to show lack of knowledge of the criminal acts, and allow for relief from any excessive forfeiture,” Ige claimed.
In actuality, Hawaii has some of the country’s most restrictive civil asset forfeiture laws in place that are rife for abuses. The nonpartisan Institute for Justice (IJ) gave Hawaii a “D-” rating citing their “low standard of proof” requiring “only that the government show by a preponderance of the evidence that property is tied to a crime.”
Carl Bergquist, who works as the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii’s executive director, also called out Ige’s deceptions.
“The notion that there is no abuse of civil asset forfeiture here in Hawaii is quaint. Last year’s audit reveals that there have been neither oversight nor rules in place to protect property owners from such abuse when it does occur,” he said.
A state audit of all forfeitures from 2015 released last year showed that criminal charges were not filed in 26 percent of cases while charges were completely dismissed in 4 percent of cases. This shows that almost a third of civil asset forfeiture cases targeted those who were likely innocent.
Although Republicans and Democrats throughout the country are now recognizing the widespread abuses related to civil asset forfeiture, the Democratic governor has protected the dubious practice from reform at least temporarily in the Aloha state.
‘White Lives Matter’ Mural Painted in the California Streets Sparks Police Investigation
Some of us are more equal than others.
Law enforcement is on the hunt for the individuals who painted the words “White Lives Matter” on a road in Martinez, Calif earlier this week.
Social justice warriors in the city are up in arms that people are pushing back against the racial dominance mob exerting power throughout the country with acts of violence.
“Our gates open up around 5 and it was there,” said witness Jesse Pattison.
“What I saw was hate speech written on the ground and we’re not going to tolerate it,” said Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporter Jeff Christensen.
“That’s right. We’re not gonna tolerate this in our neighborhood, we’re not gonna take this kinda hate,” one resident reportedly said.
California prosecutors have recently charged a couple with hate crimes for painting over a BLM mural in Martinez, as the system works hard to protect the rising domestic terror movement from criticism:
The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office announced that they will be charging a couple with a hate crime for allegedly painting over a Black Lives Matter (BLM) mural in Martinez, Calif.
53-year-old David Nelson and 42-year-old Nichole Anderson are being charged with three misdemeanors, including a hate crime, for cleaning up the mural celebrating a nationwide terror movement that is at war with the rule of law…
The District Attorney’s office made it clear that they will do all in their power to protect BLM’s marxist revolution.
“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” stated Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton in a press release.
“The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country,” she added.
The couple is being charged with vandalism under $400, violation of civil rights, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti. They could face up to a year in county jail if they are convicted of the charges…
America is crumbling from within, and if BLM terrorists are not put down quickly, Western Civilization will be lost forever.
Authorities may ultimately charge the individuals who wrote “White Lives Matter” on the Martinez street with a hate crime if they are found, as peaceful protest and freedom of speech are only privileges reserved for certain victim groups in a diverse and multicultural America.
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