But no matter how strange it is that you have £67000 in your house that you can't explain, you have admit that the police confiscating stuff without due process is a pretty rum thing:
Illinois State Police troopers seized a high-performance muscle car and set it aside for the personal use of an influential police official. The Associated Press reported that a suspected drunk driver in a 2006 Dodge Charger was pulled over in January 2007. The troopers used a state seizure law to confiscate the vehicle.
Once the paperwork was complete, the 425-horsepower vehicle -- which had an as-new base price of $38,000 -- was handed over for the personal use of Ron Cooley, 56, the Executive Director of the Illinois State Police Merit Board. Taxpayers also pick up the fuel tab for gas-guzzling 6.1 liter V-8 as he drives to and from work each day and on various business trips.
Ooookaaaaayyyyy ... So let me get this straight, the guy got bust for drunk driving, they confiscated his car and gave it to some bureaucrat ... and the taxpayer picks up the tax bill? Jesus, the US really is no better than the UK, is it?
But wait! It gets even better -- are you sitting down?
A good relationship with the merit board is essential for any state trooper looking to move up into a position of responsibility.
"The mission of the Illinois State Police Merit Board is to remove political influence and provide a fair and equitable merit process for the selection of Illinois State trooper candidates and the promotion and discipline of Illinois State Police officers," the board website explains.
Right, so in essence:
- The police can nick any possession of value without any recourse to judicial process, they just have to "complete some paperwork".
- Said policeman can then give this possession to someone who has the power to influence their career.
- Said influence-wielder takes his wedge from the taxpayer, including the increased fuel bill.
I can't see any problem with that, can you?