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U.S. Sen. Mike (R-UT): Reducing D.C.’s Promotion of Policing for Profit

July 11, 2017

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) talks about his letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling on Sessions to do a better job protecting Americans’ property rights.

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) about a letter he and lawmakers from both parties sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking Sessions to reform the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil asset forfeiture practices.

Currently, Lee says, the U.S. government encourages local and state law enforcement agencies to violate Americans’ rights to due process and property, by offering an avenue through which states’ restrictions on civil asset forfeiture can be bypassed, by laundering profits from policing through the federal government.

Instead of helping government officials make coin when they’re supposed to be protecting and serving the people, Lee says it’s Sessions’ job to protect people’s constitutional rights—a task Sessions would help accomplish by respecting states’ civil asset forfeiture laws by not offering DOJ’s services to help law enforcement agencies bypass the rule of law.

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Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute. Before joining Heartland, Hathaway worked for Media Trackers, a conservative nonprofit news organization active in 5 states.
jhathaway@heartland.org @JesseinOH