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Profits of Policing: Arizona asset seizures net $200M in past five years

State laws allowed Arizona law enforcement agencies to seize nearly $200 million in personal property during the past five years – almost all of it cash – from people who may never be charged or convicted of a crime, but systemic gaps in oversight make it difficult to see how they spent much of that money.

Regulation of the program is inconsistent, and the reports designed to inform government officials about how and when the money is used are often missing data.

After analyzing more than 1,300 quarterly financial reports filed by agencies detailing seizures and expenditures from fiscal years 2011 through 2015, AZCIR found that the state commission tasked with compiling statewide civil asset forfeiture figures omitted roughly $20 million, or 16 percent of overall spending, from its reports.

Vague expenditure descriptions also keep the public in the dark about the program. Of what is reported, roughly half of the money spent went to pay police salaries and cover “other operating” expenses. While advocates argue this helps police departments deal with budget cuts, critics of the system say this creates a perverse set of incentives for both law enforcement agencies and the elected officials who set their budgets.


Thieves in Blue

I gotta wonder if this is Trump's favorite album

(and yes the title does refer to what you think it refers to...)

Wednesday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest






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Wednesday Toon Roundup 1- Golden reliever

Mr Fish Toon: The Lady Killer

Elizabeth Warren a liberal lioness with sharp claws

By Joan Vennochi

IN ANOTHER ERA, Elizabeth Warren might be heralded — even by foes — as the “liberal lioness of the Senate.” In these tough political times, she’s called a “hyperpartisan bully.”

That’s exactly what Democrats need.

Warren earned the honor by taking on the biggest bully of all — Donald Trump, the maestro of odious insult who is now president-elect. As Trump ascends to the Oval Office and Warren seeks a second term as senator from Massachusetts, she’s pledging to carry on the fight for a progressive agenda and “stand up to the Trump administration’s racism, sexism, bigotry, and hate.”

In Massachusetts, that cause should sound familiar. It echoes the battle waged by Senator Edward M. Kennedy during his long tenure in Washington, including after Republicans won a majority in both houses of Congress in 1994. As chronicled in the book “Lion of the Senate,” by Nick Littlefield and David Nexon, Kennedy rallied demoralized Democrats to help defeat Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America. That’s putting it politely. When it came to protecting programs relating to education, the environment, and abortion rights, Kennedy bellowed his outrage.


Tuesday Toon Roundup 2: The Rest


Media and trolls


Tuesday Toon Roundup 1- Thin-skinned blood orange

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Monday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest




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