Copped from this site http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/10/hilarious-john-oliver-video-explains-police-can-legally-seize-property/ which says:
What started off as a measure to hurt drug kingpins and their criminal empires by confiscation of their property has morphed into an often abused law enforcement tactic that harms blameless citizens.
“Civil forfeiture,” as the procedure which allows police to seize property suspected of being related to a crime is called, was the subject of a funny and informative John Oliver segment on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”
Los Angeles Cops Argue All Cars in LA Are Under Investigation.
... we assume law enforcement will not conduct an investigation unless there are some indicia of criminal activity. In fact, the Fourth Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution exactly to prevent law enforcement from conducting mass, suspicionless investigations under “general warrants” that targeted no specific person or place and never expired.
And what takes the place of a general warrant these days? Well you might be committing a Prohibition crime. Everyone is a suspect. Just discussing the subject has made me a suspect. At least according to the local denizens.
Are we are living in a police state? Best ask the police about liberty. On second thought - best not. Of course it depends on which ones you asks. Some are actually devoted to liberty. You might want to have a look at the t-shirt he and his wife are wearing.