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14 May 2015 @ 04:42 pm
Armed Gang  
DEA steals a man's life savings because they can. Do I have to tell you what color he is?

Thanx to RAW Illumination.
Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Danielresonant on May 14th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
The government here warns us not to take cash or valuables into the US because the police will steal them.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on May 15th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
I'd like to see some discussion of the extent to which lack of access to, or reluctance to use, banking services forces poor and/or black people to carry large quantities of cash when they want to carry out major transactions, and the reasons for it.
Johnjohnpalmer on May 21st, 2015 07:17 am (UTC)
In this case, no, but this is one where anyone can get caught. I mean, here, in the story you linked, yeah, racism.

But I've heard of people losing a lot of money for the crime of "structuring". You know what that is, right? Depositing suspiciously less than $10,000 at a time to avoid reporting requirements.

Some of them were saying things like "I just heard it pissed off the banks if you kept making big deposits." Now, technically, letter of the law, it doesn't matter why you deposit less than ten grand. The point is to catch the cocaine dealer (or the dealer of the demon weed, marijuana, or whatever) without having to prove he got the money from drugs. Mens rea should apply. But that concept is on the shit heap of history.