Essay Is All We 're Losing?

1484 Words Nov 14th, 2016 6 Pages
The article “TAKEN: Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?” written by Sarah Stillman, she teaches at yale, a writer for the New York Times, and has been awarded multiple awards for her writing. Under the civil forfeiture or civil seizure the police are allowed to seize assets from drug deals or other criminal activities and use that money to supplement their department 's budget. Ms. Stillman makes a persuasive argument with rhetorical devices and when one analyzes the text it becomes apparent that she is arguing that some police departments budgets have been cut causing them to rely on these claims to make up for the lack of funds because of this Americans are being robbed from the police and are unable to receive reparations through the legal system.
Civil seizure laws we passed under President Reagan to help police departments fight the war on drugs. The federal government has done some good things because of this law. They claimed a Montana ranch tied to Pablo Escobar and the bank accounts of Wall Street con men. The federal government funneled the money they seized to provide additional resources to police departments. This law isn’t always used properly. In 1992 a reclusive millionaire was killed by a California drug task force searching his property for marijuana as a pretext to seize his property. The search may have actually been a major mistake by the…

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