Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) vowed to fight against the practice of civil asset forfeiture in an opinion piece published on Foxnews.com on Friday.
Paul and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) are reintroducing the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act (FAIR Act) which would reform "...federal civil-forfeiture laws to respect the American people’s Fifth Amendment rights."
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After revealing his legislative intentions concerning the controversial police practice, Paul detailed the history of civil asset forfeiture. The policy was born out of the intensification of the war on drugs in the 1980s, and was exacerbated by the fact that Congress instituted extremely enticing financial incentives for its use.
Paul argued that the practice has "warped" the priorities of American law enforcement.
According to Paul, the FAIR Act doesn't stop the practice altogether, but it does take away the incentive driving its use.
If the legislation passes, it would redirect all forfeiture proceeds to the Treasury's General Fund, instead of letting the police keep the majority, or all of, the profits.
Next, the act would also ensure that all property owners have the right to an attorney should their property be seized. It would also restore the presumption of innocence.
Civil asset forfeiture is being discussed more and more on social media.