CO Bill Seeks to “Fix” Civil Asset Forfeiture Law After Cops Complain About Lost Revenue

After Colorado attempted to reign back the abuse of police departments by limiting how they could use civil asset forfeiture, pushback came from the police departments who complained that the loss of civil asset forfeiture was a loss of revenue for the departments.  That’s right, they were complaining about the lost funds.

Just as a refresher, let me remind you that civil asset forfeiture is the process of stealing money and material from individuals who are merely suspected of using money and material in the commission of a crime, or are in the possession of the individual as a result of a crime.

Just a little friendly reminder, civil asset forfeiture claimed more revenue for police departments nationwide than all of the burglaries did for burglars nationwide.  It’s a multi-billion-dollar racket, and it has become the mother’s milk for a number of police departments.

After hearing the police departments whine about not being able to take stuff from people who were not actually proven guilty of committing any crime, the Colorado Legislature is trying to figure out a way to replace the lost revenue.  The act is akin to showing up at a thief’s house every Friday with a new tv so that the thief doesn’t go out and steal another tv.

Lawmaker aims to repair asset forfeiture law

Rep. Leslie Herod had no trouble getting her bill addressing civil asset forfeitures out of a House committee Monday.

The Denver Democrat got a bill through last year’s session restricting how local law enforcement agencies could pursue civil forfeitures, and report on the ones they do, over the complaints of some local governmental officials…….

The bill creates two new grant programs, one of which would be funded by state asset forfeitures.

One of the new programs, the Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program, would be open to any law enforcement agency to apply. The other, the Law Enforcement Community Services Grant Program, would go to those local governments that can show they lost revenue because of last year’s bill, Herod said.

“We heard a lot from local law enforcement agencies, specifically Mesa County, who were saying that they would lose funds if they were required to go through the state process,” she told the panel. “So, this is a make-whole fund. If they can prove that they are getting less funds this year than they were last year, they get to apply.”

Last year, Herod and other bill sponsors said a law was needed to ensure that law enforcement aren’t using civil forfeiture laws to pad their budgets rather than as a tool to make it harder for organized criminals to continue to operate, as has been the case elsewhere in the nation.

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