Imagine how much sooner the Revolutionary War would have been fought if colonists had suffered the tyranny of Civil Asset Forfeiture?
The practice of asset forfeiture was first instituted as an anti-piracy initiative on the high seas where no controlling legal authority existed, yet open pillaging was epidemic.
Today, the real pirates are wearing badges, or operating as officers of our state & federal courts. But unlike our personal presumption of innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, Our federal government has devised a system of booty -sharing whereby local and state agencies can make up a speculative narrative where they suggest our property may have been involved in some crime, at some point in time.
The cops usually take cash or hockable goods, but often the seizure is valued at less than $3000. And wa-da-ya-know, the legal cost of securing competent legal representation to get your goods back usually runs around $3000 or more.
It's a new day and we can change this bad practice. Last November politicians were put on notice. That's why we need to start fighting today.
Politicians are feeling the heat, and we can get major civil asset forfeiture reform passed for Oklahoma! And that's why we're hitting the road and coming to your state on Tuesday, February 14th with State Senators Kyle Loveless and Nathan Dahm.
Tulsa 9.12 has been working with FreedomWorks to bring awareness of Civil Asset Forfeiture aka unconstitutional seizure of property to Oklahoma. Many organizations have joined together to fight this abuse. Please join us if you can on Tuesday as we work together to educate our legislators and practice our lobbying skills.
Christine Delgado of Freedomworks will be a part of the Oklahoma event. She's a legal analyst of Freedomworks. Last Summer, this journalist met with Delgado and several orther Freedomworks leaders at a conference, in Chicago. The organization leverages their collective skills and backgrounds to impact Congress and state governments. For more information on Freedomworks, see their website.
For more information on Tulsa912 Project, see their website.