Oklahoma Has Started Using Device That Can Take Money Out of Your Bank Account and Off Credit Cards

Oklahoma Highway Patrol has begun using a device called ERAD—Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine. The device allows a law enforcement officer to scan any credit or ATM cards and seize any money connected with that card. 


"We're gonna look for different factors in the way that you're acting,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said. “We're gonna look for if there's a difference in your story. If there's someway that we can prove that you're falsifying information to us about your business."

Troopers insist this isn't just about seizing cash.  

"I know that a lot of people are just going to focus on the seizing money. That's a very small thing that' s happening now. The largest part that we have found ... the biggest benefit has been the identity theft," Vincent said.

[My emphasis]

You don’t say? People are saying they’re worrying about the money? I wonder what (here) could (here) have (here) made people so wary of giving law enforcement the ability (and the right?) to access your bank and credit accounts?

State Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, said that removes due process and the belief that a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He said we've already seen cases in Oklahoma where police are abusing the system. 

"We've seen single mom's stuff be taken, a cancer survivor his drugs taken, we saw a Christian band being taken. We've seen innocent people's stuff being taken. We've seen where the money goes and how it's been misspent," Loveless said.

The Republican says he will be introducing legislation that requires a conviction before assets can be seized.

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