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Civil Forfeiture: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Did you know police can just take your stuff if they suspect it's involved in a crime? They can! It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture,” and it would make for a weird episode of Law and Order. See? Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight For more on civil forfeiture, click here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/stopandseize http://www.jrn.com/newschannel5/news/newschannel-5-investigates/policing-for-profit
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Udipti Tandan (1 day ago)
...I'd watch that show.
Max Brazil (1 day ago)
This is why I celebrate every time a pig gets blown away. The police are institutionally corrupt.
Coastal Paladin (1 day ago)
Police are so stupid. It is embarrassing. Sad.
jeanthree (2 days ago)
thats why I never carry cash. only $ 50
Brad (3 days ago)
I hate cops. Disgusting people.
Chris Manavis (3 days ago)
DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA...................
OhSun Kang (4 days ago)
Did anyone realize that a whopping 29 states passed laws restricting civil forfeiture since 2014 (the year this video was made). Not to mention that New Mexico and Nebraska ABOLISHED the practice altogether. And Philly? It just recently agreed to end its civil forfeiture program and started paying millions to the former victims.
Daniel Paskucz (6 days ago)
I'd totally watch Law and Order: CFU 😍
Bob Mirdiff (6 days ago)
Number One, Eh?
Fuck Offmate (7 days ago)
Police: picking up where Columbus left off at in 1492. and the KKK helping them at some point.
DPSTKD qq (7 days ago)
That’s fucked up eh😅 Move to Canada we’ll give you free money💯😂
baan pasu (7 days ago)
dontdrinkthecoolaide (9 days ago)
wow fuck tenn
Grace Carter (12 days ago)
In America we have something called: Constitution. Every law action is a Process. I cannot even imagine what you're talking about.
Chris Weber (13 days ago)
I always get so mad watching these, our justice system needs to be thrown in the fucking garbage!
MrWeedWacky (21 days ago)
RavenRoseProductions (26 days ago)
This is even more ridiculous than the medieval laws of Europe that tried animals under human law. According to this if I do something "illegal" they can arrest my Ugin the Spirit Dragon. (Joke)
Jim Cummings (26 days ago)
police state thugs.
Jim Cummings (26 days ago)
no wonder people are arming...
Demonface666 (26 days ago)
this is basically stealing Nazi gold it sounds like a practice straight from the USSR and Bravo america john oliver does more to imform people than news and this is nazi shit #fuckCivilForfeiture
Andrew Sturm (27 days ago)
Thank you for your work!!
Rishi jaiswal (28 days ago)
Was that jeff goldblum as one of the officers? :/
Fer Nie (1 month ago)
It's gotta be at least a little bit fun being that crooked.
FallenPhoenix (1 month ago)
"Land of the free..." perhaps once...
Andrew J (1 month ago)
But none of you would vote for Ron Paul or Libertarians. You always vote Republicans and corporate democrats.
Don Williston (1 month ago)
I love the inclusion of Profaci, aka the best Law & Order recurring background cop ever.
Kenneth Kustren (1 month ago)
Kenneth Kustren (1 month ago)
What Hockey/God fearing dude would NOT WANT a ride in a marked Zamboni ?? WEEEEEE !!!
Timbrock1000 (1 month ago)
In Denver, the police can seize your car if they simply believe you attempted to hire a prostitute! There's no trial, there's no arrest, there's no right to appeal or challenge the allegation. They just take your car! And to make it worse, they photograph you and put your picture & nsme on their website !
Nieru (1 month ago)
He said "troca y trailer," not "trucky-trailer". The rest of the bit was on point, though.
SCOUNDREL (1 month ago)
Been there done that but I got my money back in Texas, of all places.
Estela P. (1 month ago)
Yeah I definitely believe that Jeff Goldblum would threaten to beat up a pile of cash.
hunter's lily (1 month ago)
This reminds me of a travel journal a fellow student from my school took of his journey through Mozambique: He was regularily pulled over by local cops for "routine checks" and only discharged after paying a "processing fee" - which was of course just a way for the corrupt policemen to milk white tourists of their money. But yeah, clearly this is a 3rd world country shithole and nothing like this would ever happen in the US, amirite?
SOVEREIGN BRAND (1 month ago)
I promise I’m shooting
SOVEREIGN BRAND (1 month ago)
Julien SC (1 month ago)
That was in 2014, any changes in Civil Forfeiture ??
Heavy Stalin (1 month ago)
14:40 Jeff Golblum... Jeff Golblum always finds the way.
William Newlin (1 month ago)
While that sheriff was definitely a dumbass he didn't pronounce tiene and dinero that badly, plus he prolly meant truck "y" trailer as in "and"
SkylineToTheSeaAndMe (1 month ago)
What I don't like about this, is he is taking an extremely serious subject and making light of it, or including humor as if it's a subject to introduce humor to lighten it up.
Matthew's Corner (1 month ago)
Is that Jeff Goldblum interrogating the money?
Ricky Rick (1 month ago)
People need to rise up against this.
Stuyvesant Rockwell (1 month ago)
Only in the land of the not so free. Though they claim to be because they have guns. Civil forfeiture those guns. 😂😂😂
Chathura Sandakelum (1 month ago)
USA the worst country in the world
Holy fuck! Their productions are way better and more elaborate than real ones! I just love how serious the acting is 😂😂😂😂
shanks (1 month ago)
Well come to india guys you carry million's cash
Ro Bastard (1 month ago)
Disgusting. You know, if this country wasn't so utterly incapable of doing anything that the mass media bosses didn't tell it to, this is one of many issues where "liberals" and "conservatives" could and should work together on. Conservatives hate the idea of unconstitutional rights violations going on and this sounds pretty unconstitutional to me. And liberals certainly can get upset over this if they think a non-White person was victimized. So the two approved sides should be working together to end this mafia-like police activity. So liberals, turn off your CNN hate propaganda for two fucking minutes and talk to your friends about this racist-Nazi practice. And conservatives, stop advocating that America go bomb another country for two goddamn minutes and talk to your friends about this communist-unconstitutional practice. It's immoral that America, your country has police forces that can steal homes from citizens. This isn't Cuba. This isn't China. This isn't North Korea. This is America. You're supposed to have rights here. DO SOMETHING before you lose them.
M. Richard Speights (1 month ago)
Theft under color of law
Jin Roh (1 month ago)
It's amusing how hard americunts try to turn their firstworld country into thirdworld shithole of hell, USA is already became second world country, same as China. China meanwhile work its hands out to become firstworld.
Edward Garix (1 month ago)
Cops raiding that Detroit Art gathering should be castrated, one after another one.
Richy Rich (1 month ago)
FUCK the police!
Lone Wolf (1 month ago)
You know what's sad?  Philadelphia was my former hometown.  They don't even stop there - they lock up innocent people for years even though they're innocent, and when the person is released not only does the City NOT issue an apology, but they have the NERVE to appeal the decision.I'm SO glad that I left, never to return.Philadelphia.  It's not just the bell that's cracked.
Cassandra Calder (1 month ago)
Yes but everything Could be used in a crime, my sistema plastic water bottle could be used to bludgeon someone to death, hell! A disposal plastic spork could used to kill someone if you tried hard Enough.
ash (1 month ago)
wtf kinda crime ya gonna commit with shark fins 😂😂
Samuel Wolch (13 days ago)
ash ever notice how your thumbnail looks like it’s screaming?
FRY524 (1 month ago)
Video from 2014, first guy had $24k in cash. Why was he carrying it in cash if he was going to start a new business? A bank account would be better for expenses and payroll.
Nathan Kiefer (1 month ago)
And police wonder why they get shot
Sebastian Faint (1 month ago)
Stories like this are actually infuriating. What the f*ck America!? How can you possibly claim to be the greatest country in the world when you're drowning in corrupt bullsh*t like this. It's been 200 years since you were a British colony and half the time it feels like you're moving backwards. Literally no other 1st world country is as bad as this. Perhaps you should fix your appalling laws BEFORE swinging your d*ck around in the Middle East? Just a thought.
Sam Mac (1 month ago)
Did anyone else notice the police badge has a goose head instead of an eagles’?
ForeverMe543 (1 month ago)
There needs to be a police squad that just arrests police and watches them and fines them. Seriously.
ForeverMe543 (1 month ago)
I laughed at that beginning. Not the police shows, the fact that he said cops “serve and protect” us
Darth Aquarius (1 month ago)
Mucho Mucho Denero in trucky-trailer
will hamill (1 month ago)
For civil rights leaders im shocked he didnt go with malcom eggs
Renard Leblanc (2 months ago)
This is even worse than it looks... small business owners loose vans and trucks on the way to buy supplies, people loose hundreds of dollars on the way to buy drugs (prescription, medical drugs, not recreational drugs). Funfact; forfeiture laws originated in the age of sail, so navy ships could seize pirate ships and cargo. Obviously relevant today.
Joshua McRae (2 months ago)
Fuck the Police. -NWA
Mykaila Ware (2 months ago)
Is anyone confused or annoyed over how overly complicated our local laws are?
John M (2 months ago)
Michigan to Cali for drugs, I hate to tell this ignorant Leo but the guy wouldn’t have anything left for drugs by the time he got there.
Lost in Sauce (2 months ago)
This is why cops get shot
Erik Lindgren (2 months ago)
easy law change to drop this by at least 50%: make the money go back as tax money instead of to the police department, would remove any incentive to cease the money. also drop any reward for catching criminals, pay should be the same no matter if someone is arrested or not, otherwise the system will be abused
mayvrex (2 months ago)
Oh my soul.. Beaurocrats huh.
Larchitecte13 (2 months ago)
9:55 this guy needs to die. Now.
Myo Thet (2 months ago)
I heard you can buy Gun pretty easily. Just buy one and shoot the fucker who fucked you while he or she is on patrol in that same place.
Niranjan Prakash (2 months ago)
"We're like the anti Spiderman - Great Power, No Responsibility".. The story of America
B m (2 months ago)
No you call the FBI and bring federal charges against them under 18 u.s.c.241 and 242 and bring perjury charges against them in violating their oaths of office Wich is treason and a felony.
B m (2 months ago)
They are also guilty because they had no legal search warrant to search their vehicles or persons.
B m (2 months ago)
Charge the cop in violation of 18 u.s.c.241 and 242,in violating the Constitution,the government cannot seize any property without paying due compensation.all these officers and judges and attorneys are guilty of treason and Grand larconey.because of their crimes they loose all imunity whatsoever and they have no legal jurisdiction whatsoever.
B m (2 months ago)
Civil asset forfieture is illegal and a act of treason.
K.A. GORDON (2 months ago)
When you need protection from those hired to protect you its getting really bad. On the other hand I would definately watch that Law & Order show. Bring Stabler back.
Roxana Johnson (2 months ago)
How is this legal?
Taeschno Flo (2 months ago)
Another good reason to never go to the USA
1tz Ricky (2 months ago)
This guy is retardo
Trish Truitt (2 months ago)
WELL PLAYED JOHN Judge Rules Albuquerque Civil Forfeiture Law Unconstitutional, Upholds Innocent Until Proven Guilty Judge James Browning also found that the city’s “forfeiture officials have an unconstitutional institutional incentive to prosecute forfeiture cases,” since the program has “de facto power over its spending…the more revenue it raises, the more revenue it can spend.” Thanks to this incentive to police for profit, the city’s forfeiture program “generated $11.8 million in revenue in the form of forfeitures, settlements and fees,” between fiscal 2009 and 2016. The program was so lucrative, revenues actually exceeded expenses for four of those years. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicksibilla/2018/08/01/judge-rules-albuquerque-civil-forfeiture-law-unconstitutional-upholds-innocent-until-proven-guilty/#2ad1d6a24b1f
ian schickedanz (2 months ago)
Im pretty sure the cop trying to speak Spanish was saying "truck y trailer". Y is pronounced like "e" in Spanish and it means "and". So he was saying "do you have many many cash in your truck and trailer".
Dustin McNiel (2 months ago)
Jeff goldblum should make this show happen
Julio Herrera (2 months ago)
crippled crime organization? they found the bank that was money laundering for cartels and gave them a fine that's a fucking joke
Flo Garcia (2 months ago)
why not directly put the person in jail in this case ..... stupid law.
Animal Mother (2 months ago)
I support law-enforcement but whoever came up with this can eat my fucking ass
Thomas Logan (2 months ago)
YESSSSSS 'Murica!!! i would like a gun with my milkshake!
martin scott (2 months ago)
Indy Kana (2 months ago)
leonavis (2 months ago)
But doesn't the 14th state that "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law"? I know, I have my naive day ...
Sam Barker (2 months ago)
Everyone keeps talking about how this sounds like a practice straight out of the USSR but in fact America was doing this long before the rise of stalinism. As far as one can tell the practise of taking the possessions of detainees started during the NKVD purges (remember that Russia was not then nor was it ever a fully communist country so there were laws of possession) whereas the laws on civil forfeiture seem to date back long before that (no-one seems to quiet knows exactly when they were enacted). It is also important to note that this practice was stopped after Khrushchev came to power in the 60s.
Joey Sabin (2 months ago)
"Good people, good people, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they steal from you?, good people, good people, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they steal from you? They come at you driving on the highways, they get you leaving the club, they don't much give a damn about you, they simply want to steal your grub, I say! good people, good people, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they steal from you..." (set to the tune of "Bad Boys" from the COPS TV series)
Ayan Towhid (2 months ago)
who thinks that civil forfeiture should be on Brooklyn 99
PuffleFuzz Plays (3 months ago)
I’m a criminal justice student, and this confuses me. I didn’t learn about this in intro to CRJ...
lateblossom (3 months ago)
This is terrible. We should absolutely not have this law.
laylo (3 months ago)
En and In sound the almost the same from Spanish to English when a person lacks the ability to speak espanol.
The police state is infested with fascists. Can you not call it a police state? Don't think so. Tip
ConfusedLeper (3 months ago)
Blue lives splatter
sonia alcocer (3 months ago)
The D.A. dropped the case again the Sourovelis family after they sued. https://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/12/19/d-drops-forfeiture-cases-drew-national-attention
BunzeeBear (3 months ago)
This is a communist way of doing things.
Phil S (3 months ago)
Civil Forfeiture - the Forfeiting of Civility.

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