*Let’s hope this dumb-ass crazy sh*t doesn’t catch on in not one more state. From where I sit, its already a recipe for disaster. Theft. And an open invitation for even more cops to go rogue. The current situation in Oklahoma is that for the past 16 months, police officers have been given a green light to use a card reader machine called ERAD (Electronic Recovery and Access to Data) to seize money from a driver’s bank account IF THEY EVEN SUSPECT YOU GOT THAT MONEY ILLEGALLY.
And listen to this part. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said he “knows” folks are “just going to focus on the seizing money” part.
WTF ELSE would we focus on, SIR!?
According to “the lieutenant,” there are other factors that justify this move, that we need to be aware of.
But first, here’s how its going to go down. If a trooper “suspects” your money is linked to some crime, the highway patrol can just swoop up on you and, in addition to asking for license and registration, they want your ATM, credit (EBT if its got money on it!) cards to seize the suspected dough.
“We’re gonna look for different factors in the way that you’re acting,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said.
OK. So now their psychologists?
“We’re gonna look for if there’s a difference in your story. If there’s some way that we can prove that you’re falsifying information to us about your business,” he continues.
Whatever your thoughts on this pending disaster, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says its not just about seizing cash.
They say it really gives them a heads up on identity theft.
All together now: Hell nah.
“If you can prove can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you. And we’ve done that in the past,” Vincent said about previously seized monies.
But not every authoritarian is down with this foolishness. Just like not every republican is a complete idiot. Take State Sen. Kyle Loveless (R-Oklahoma City). He, too, appears to recognize this as a recipe for disaster and has cited several examples where police officers have abused the system already.
Plus he says it removes due process and the belief that a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“We’ve seen single mom’s stuff be taken, a cancer survivor his drugs taken, we saw a Christian band being taken. We’ve seen innocent people’s stuff being taken. We’ve seen where the money goes and how it’s been misspent,” Loveless said.
Loveless plans to introduce legislation next session that would require a conviction before any assets could be seized.
And hopefully an investigation of the police officer who made the seize.