About the new law pending in Oklahoma that will require due process and convictions to keep assets from civil forfeiture. This has local law enforcement up in arms because they say it will invite Drug Cartels into the state.
Laws like this would be unnecessary if the authorities would just not abuse the law. They involve innocent people in these forfeitures, and it is a real epidemic all over the country. It is just another case of people getting a little power and they run rampant through the rights of ordinary citizens. If you use due process in all cases, no one has to remind you of it by making a law such as this. There are plenty of stories of law enforcement paying for things like Margarita machines and sports equipment from seized funds from ordinary citizens. In many cases civil forfeiture is just legal thievery by the very people who are supposed to protect us from these things.