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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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Mykaila Ware (8 hours ago)
Is anyone confused or annoyed over how overly complicated our local laws are?
John M (18 hours 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 (1 day ago)
This is why cops get shot
Erik Lindgren (2 days 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 (4 days ago)
Oh my soul.. Beaurocrats huh.
Larchitecte13 (7 days ago)
9:55 this guy needs to die. Now.
Myo Thet (7 days 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 (7 days ago)
"We're like the anti Spiderman - Great Power, No Responsibility".. The story of America
Gregory Vaughn (8 days ago)
FUCK THE POLICE
B m (8 days 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 (8 days ago)
They are also guilty because they had no legal search warrant to search their vehicles or persons.
B m (8 days 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 (8 days ago)
Civil asset forfieture is illegal and a act of treason.
K.A. GORDON (9 days 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 (11 days ago)
How is this legal?
Taeschno Flo (11 days ago)
Another good reason to never go to the USA
1tz Ricky (11 days ago)
This guy is retardo
Trish Truitt (13 days 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 (14 days 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 (15 days ago)
Jeff goldblum should make this show happen
Julio Herrera (16 days 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 (16 days ago)
why not directly put the person in jail in this case ..... stupid law.
Animal Mother (17 days ago)
I support law-enforcement but whoever came up with this can eat my fucking ass
Thomas Logan (18 days ago)
YESSSSSS 'Murica!!! i would like a gun with my milkshake!
martin scott (19 days ago)
wow America, YOU HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS.
Indy Kana (19 days ago)
JEFF GOLDBLUM
leonavis (19 days 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 (22 days 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 (23 days 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 (26 days ago)
who thinks that civil forfeiture should be on Brooklyn 99
PuffleFuzz Plays (1 month ago)
I’m a criminal justice student, and this confuses me. I didn’t learn about this in intro to CRJ...
lateblossom (1 month ago)
This is terrible. We should absolutely not have this law.
laylo (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Blue lives splatter
sonia alcocer (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
This is a communist way of doing things.
Phil S (1 month ago)
Civil Forfeiture - the Forfeiting of Civility.
Pif Piaconescu (1 month ago)
This situation is so horrible that it could be compared to the Stasi and Gestapo (both which camed from the awful and undemocratic former nazi and communist regimes of Germany until 1990)... and as usually they don't do this things on the millionaires and billionaires of America (pretending to be the good guys with them)
Mr Slaughter (1 month ago)
It's been almost 3 years and it still bothers me that he read it as "trucky trailer" instead of truck y trailor. Since y is and in Spanish.
Mr Slaughter (13 days ago)
RikoZerame oh i by no means can carry a true conversation in spanish. I know just enough to get by. Plus at the end of the day they gotta get some laughs in here and this part seemed to make the audience laugh pretty well.
RikoZerame (16 days ago)
I can, too. That just happens to be the only word in that entire sentence he pronounced correctly. ;P  I can see it being hard on the ears for anyone who isn't used to hearing Spanish in different accents.  I ran into my first Venezuelan a couple months back, and it took me almost ten minutes of talking to her to work my way through her accent into something approaching mutual intelligibility. Her accent wasn't even "bad", per sé, it was just so different I had to wrap my head around it.
Mr Slaughter (16 days ago)
RikoZerame i mean when I hear it I can hear him say y correctly.
RikoZerame (16 days ago)
I mean, to be fair, the cop's pronunciation was horrendous.
KuronoXD (1 month ago)
Their son Laurel? What a weird name
Anime Girl (1 month ago)
I'll be careful not to carry cash.
Anime Girl (1 month ago)
They can keep the money seized? I thought they would use it by giving it back to the people and using it for stuff we need like roads or education.
Rio Kelemen (1 month ago)
16:14 that walk
Jacob Prim (1 month ago)
If you're gunna steal someone's money and use it for your wish list, at least pick a better whiskey cuz I mean crown royal? Come on!
purplekillerpenguin (1 month ago)
Jokes aside this makes me sick. Where are all these fanatics who defend the right to bear arms to protect yourself against an oppressive government? Now is your time to shine.
MusTheBunneh (1 month ago)
"Shithole country" anyone?
Conversational Shaving (1 month ago)
That toaster knows something...
Adrian Simone (1 month ago)
15:06 anybody know who that is on the 20? I know it's not Jackson
364dragonrider (1 month ago)
Holy shit is that jeff goldblum?
Mary McCracken (1 month ago)
Disgusting ~ so very sad for our world. How can they look into a mirror in their uniform and have any pride in themselves.
Nosce Te Ipsum (1 month ago)
This happened to me. I had enrolled in college classes at a local Junior College. Signed up for Financial Aid and was awarded money to pay for my schooling. I had this money on my person when I was pulled over in my girlfriends very old pos car. I was not arrested, not even suspected of a crime. Not charged at a later date, nothing. I was pulled over, pulled out of my car, searched, money confiscated, and released. Heard nothing afterwards. I tried to get the money back and was given a runaround story. I never did get that money, and because I could not afford to pay for my schooling because of the forfeiture, I could not attend school for that quarter. Not only that, but the because I didn't go to school, the government suspended my ability to have financial aid. Essentially, I was robbed by the government of money that was awarded to me by the government, and not allowed to attend college because of it. And for no reason at all.
rockeroller (1 month ago)
2400!!! This makes it illegal to buy things like a used tractor or guitar or ??? Who hasn't read on ads "cash only"?. Absolutely criminal.
weworkforamerica (1 month ago)
Read "Terror on Highway 59" to see how wide spread and evil this is. This went on in Texas until they pulled over a FBI agent.
Allan Richardson (1 month ago)
Blatant violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments! Read them!
AltFreak25 (1 month ago)
SVU Series Premiere Season 1 Episode 1 Payback. You're welcome.
Insert Clever Username (1 month ago)
Soooooo.... The police are committing straight up Armed Robbery? I'm absolutely depressed.
Brandon Sharp (1 month ago)
The Land of the Free
Apollo Ranger (1 month ago)
Who names their son Laurel?
Lone Knight (1 month ago)
...is like a bunch of children that are allowed to have Guns. wait... that is just TEXAS.
May Green (1 month ago)
THE FUCKING HOUSE JOKE HAD ME ROLLING
Cyavash A.K.B (2 months ago)
hey is it possible to take this thing to the supreme court ? no idea how supreme court works but if anyone can do it its john
Thomas Kinkade (2 months ago)
Blue Lives Matter really pisses me off. Cops are great until they legally take your cash because you "might" do something bad with it. Then they can do whatever the fuck they want with it. My whole body hurts thinking about that FUCKER and his shit eating grin while he holds that guys money and takes a picture. Even the dog has a cunt face in the photo. Bad cops are truly worse than any thug criminal or terrorist. You know exactly what to expect from ISIS, the bloods and the crypts and MS-13. If you encounter a policeman the best thing that can happen is they do their job and protect you from crime but they could just as easily and legally give you the gang/terrorist treatment and you can't do anything about it.
Norcanex S.G. LLC. (2 months ago)
In the land of freedumb!
Robert Mac (2 months ago)
Thats fucked up. Shame.
d3u1d4e (2 months ago)
Seems like a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Yngve Andersen (2 months ago)
This is your freedom. Vote GOP and NRA.
(Sarcasm) But! Cops should be allowed to do whatever they want! Stop the War on Police!
Average Awesome (2 months ago)
I have never been actually faced with this choice but, I think would pay good money to watch Jeff goldblum scream obscenities at inanimate objects
Misfit 636 (2 months ago)
Wow this guy is very annoying
Evan Fields (2 months ago)
I wonder if the Montgomery cops had a liquor license for those kegs of beer and that margarita machine? If not then can -seize- steal some more money and cars from people driving to place that doesn't have a liquor license.
ApollosChild (2 months ago)
last comment was three years ago. these videos are very informative but dose anyone actually do anything?
AntagonistChan (2 months ago)
Police officers being too busy raiding art gallery funk nights to properly investigate grand theft auto is just... is just Peak Detroit. Like, believe me, I was born and raised here in Detroit, this is just the most Detroit thing I've ever heard.
Ricky Rick (2 months ago)
This practice will be ending soon. Everyone is getting wise to this highway robbery.
Nemo Sundry (2 months ago)
All human beings have the need for self-determination, this is a basic need comprised of: competence- the ability to do something well; interconnection- symbiotic, authentic relationships; and autonomy- full self-ownership to make choices about your own life. It's surprising to see John Oliver casually and generically supporting the police, especially in this video. By definition of their job, they are required to disrespect self-determination. This is traumatizing. Police officers routinely get PTSD. Just like those in the military. Even people who work in slaughtering factories for cows get PTSD from it. So surely, hurting people and being hurt is traumatizing for everyone involved. Why would anyone want to participate in this toxicity? Well, in being traumatized, sometimes we completely go out of wack and misunderstand many of our own reactions, and our own needs. This starts with child abuse and is reflected in the structure of government. Many people live in fear of government and are disempowered, imprisoned in their daily lives by trying to avoid prison for being autonomous. Ironic, really. It's amazing that anyone is willing to live this way. Things will only get worse.
Robgoren (2 months ago)
"Burden of proof" is now "burden of a wild speculation of the imagination." "Due process" is now "because I say so."
Robgoren (2 months ago)
Legalized robbery.
sahil chaddha (2 months ago)
I hate you AMERICA
Lucas de Andre (2 months ago)
Funny they don’t seize guns because they will probably be used for murder
Tes Tos (2 months ago)
That is Badge robbery and you know what happens to thieves when you catch them in the act? Democracy at it's best!
MrMus TangMan (2 months ago)
....And you wonder why people want AR-15's.?!?!?!?
elisa ivelina (2 months ago)
Yrah It, s really really funny! F*ck
Ulquiorra Cifer (2 months ago)
12:22 - I knew what he was gonna joke about due to his setup. I'm currently on season 8 of House, and it's great.
steven03048 (2 months ago)
Wow Guilty until proofed innocent sounds very medieval! Even if it is only property. Land of the free my ass...
ZPDev (2 months ago)
Fuck america
Being Elite (2 months ago)
There needs to be organizations and more people uniting to expose this corrupt invasion of our rights.
christian macri (2 months ago)
Land of the free. This would be illegal in any country in europe or North Africa
Mishchievious Badger (2 months ago)
I dont know, i dunno
Eric von Wald (2 months ago)
The first step is becoming informed. The second step is...
GaOn (2 months ago)
Those corrupted police and law enforcement can go fuck themselves ... it would have been better if they were never born
SiCk SiDer (2 months ago)
Fucking pigs. God damn. They're fucking rats and pigs at the same time. Fuck em all.
Kervens Jasmin (2 months ago)
Need to start killing some of these pigs maybe
Shane Harris (2 months ago)
America, POOR SAD America what happened to you. CORRUPT CORRUPT CORRUPT PS.GREED IS WRONG
Eowyn Gordon (2 months ago)
I’m glad that was not actual Spanish cause that means I’m not the stupid one
Brad Schrunk (2 months ago)
This is something most people don't know about where our government was dealing cocaine into East LA to fund a war. They went after the reporter who wrote about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCdvG8fzrsM Killing the messenger.
K.A. GORDON (2 months ago)
Shark finning is illegal in the US. Its like having elephant ivory in your trunk...it will be taken away and you will get in trouble.
Jon dow (3 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFwfGOxnwC4
"Hey Fred, the guys from the Police Station are throwing a party for Robert. Where should we go?" " Don't worry, John! I'll just arrest a really nice house! "
hugo brutus (3 months ago)
John raises good topics , but by making them funny to this degree it deflates the outrage and keeps people passive.
Canzandridas Joe (3 months ago)
In 'Murica you can sue objects. I think I understand better that "free" in "land of the free"

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