Someone Else’s Non-Tax Dollars at Work
While driving today, I noticed a sheriff’s cruiser with the following language printed on it:
This vehicle paid for with funds seized from drug dealers.
I assume this was supposed to make people feel good. “Hey, that keeps my taxes down and, I mean, it’s just drug dealers anyway.” But it didn’t make me feel good. Given what we are seeing with civil asset forfeiture and ‘fundraising’ actions such as those committed by the Ferguson PD, I am concerned by the incentives created by such ‘alternate’ forms of revenue for the police. And even if we agree that drugs should be prohibited and the ill-gotten gains from those who deal in such illicit substances should be put to better use, I’d much rather seem then channeled towards providing treatment for those harmed by the use of those drugs than simply buying more toys for the cops. Finally, there is just something unsavory about the police seemingly ‘advertising’ their actions in this way. It felt very propaganda-y, particularly to see it printed right there on the vehicle as it was.
But I’m curious… how would it have made you feel? Are my concerns misplaced? Am I concern-trolling?
(Note: I would have taken a picture had we not been driving. Photographing a sheriff’s car while driving doesn’t strike me as the wisest choice.)