How the Feds Corrupted the Police

by Will

Liberty Minute September 26 2014

There are more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, all of which are either operated by the federal government or subsidized by it. With federal subsidies come federal controls. This is why most sheriffs and police administrators resent many kinds of federal involvement ? such as ?consent decrees? that are imposed because of abuse or institutional corruption.

However, federal involvement in local law enforcement abets and rewards corruption. The Associated Press reports that dozens of departments subject to consent decrees are still eligible to receive military hardware through the Pentagon?s 1033 program.

Those police departments can also participate in the so-called ?equitable sharing? program, in which money and other property are seized from people who are not convicted of criminal offenses. The confiscated property is then turned over to federal control, which prevents the victims from seeking redress through state courts.  The Feds keep a small portion of the plunder and allow local police to keep the rest.

The FBI helped police in Tacoma, Washington to obtain fake cellphone towers that redirect phone signals and other data. Police were required by the FBI to refuse public information requests about the program.

Some dare call this arrangement a form of racketeering.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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