As I See It: So much for government-for-the-people

The police can legally steal your car. Did you know that? I’m not saying they would, but they could. They would not call it stealing. Under Hawaii state law, Civil Asset Forfeiture allows law enforcement to take your property almost at will. All they have to do is claim the property, car, boat, house, gun or cash had something to do with an illegal activity. Proof is not needed, just suspicion. There is a judicial review process, but it’s one-sided, as easy as getting a search warrant. If you have more cash on you than they approve, they can suspect and conclude it was for an illegal drug deal. Civil Asset Forfeiture turns the Fifth Amendment: “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” On its head.