Legally sanctioned highway robbery and other thefts by law enforcement
The Washington Post reported in 2014 that under U.S. and state laws, in a federal program known as "Equitable Sharing," since 2001 state and local police have seized $2.5 billion from people who were not charged with a crime. In 1984 the U.S. congress enacted, and President Reagan signed, the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which established a special fund that turned over proceeds from forfeitures to the law enforcement agencies responsible for them. Local police who provided federal assistance were rewarded with a large percentage of the proceeds, through a program called Equitable Sharing. In consequence many states adopted or bolstered their own forfeiture laws, known as civil asset forfeiture laws. The asset seizures described herein are a consequence of the "War on Drugs," a policy of the United States to enforce prohibition of the sale and consumption of narcotic drugs. It is also a policy that illustrates the insight of the philosopher George Santayana who said that those