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John Oliver Considers the Dubious Police Practice Called Civil Asset Forfeiture

John Oliver Considers the Dubious Police Practice Called Civil Asset Forfeiture

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Oct. 6 2014 11:12 AM

John Oliver Considers Civil Asset Forfeiture

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In jurisdictions across the country, police are allowed to employ a tool called civil asset forfeiture, whereby they can seize money and property based simply on the assumption that it has been used for criminal activity. No conviction is necessary, and often, the police are allowed to keep some, if not all, of the property for themselves. Sounds like the perfect setup for overzealous policing and corruption, right?

In a long segment from This Week Tonight, John Oliver takes on the dubious practice and the behavior it encourages and calls for a reevaluation of the system. He also calls for a reworking of Law & Order and its ilk to “make them a lot more representative of what is actually happening,” drawing on the wonderfully deadpan assistance of Jeff Goldblum.

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.