If you’re driving on this Oklahoma highway, don’t carry cash

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The Week – by Bonnie Kristian

The preliminary findings of a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma (ACLUOK) reveal that police in 12 Oklahoma counties along Interstate 40 have confiscated some $6 million through civil asset forfeiture in a five-year period from 2009 to 2014. Of that total, $4 million was seized in cases where the owner was never charged with any criminal activity.  

Money seized by police under civil asset forfeiture is typically very difficult to recover, and it is often funneled directly to police budgets. “We understand the financial pressure law enforcement officials face to make do with shrinking budgets,” said the ACLUOK’s Ryan Kiesel. “But these numbers seem to indicate that huge sums of money are being taken but criminal charges are not being filed. That’s not how the system is supposed to work.”

(Daily Signal)

The ACLUOK figures do not include additional seizures of property, like cars and houses, or confiscations by federal (as opposed to state) officers. A Republican state senator, Kyle Loveless, has introduced a bill which would prohibit police from seizing money or assets from people without charging them with a crime. Oklahoma police have opposed the bill. Bonnie Kristian


12 thoughts on “If you’re driving on this Oklahoma highway, don’t carry cash

  1. dont carry cash, but definitely be armed.

    cop..”we dont know why everyone hates our guts”

    dam ..grow a brain cell will ya

    Thanks for posting Henry

  2. $4 million cash stolen from persons never charged with a crime is in itself, a crime. (ok, MULTIPLE crimes) -I think they call it ‘theft’. I wonder what the figure is when other assets are factored in for the same group not charged with any crime? Of course this is not just an ‘Okie’ issue, and it would be downright scary
    and informative to see the state by state breakdown.

  3. Oklahoma just built a huge DOT truck scales (weigh station) and inspection site right as you enter the state off the I-40 from Texas into Oklahoma. Multi million dollar facility. My butt cheeks tighten every time I have to pass through this facility. I guess they need a way to pay for it. They just can’t raise the states I-44 toll rates because the public would shit their pants.

    Since 2012 they have built five new ones (ultra modern) throughout the state.

    Obtaining money in this way is Illegal as hell, as the Patriot act lets these pirates do whatever the hell they want.

    1. I read a news article about a scale in Michigan on 75 that has gotten 4.5 million in fines just in a years time , think its just over the Ohio Michigan border a few miles

      the “Fleecing of America” is alive and well

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