DEA Robs Man for Carrying Money while Black

Traveling with cash while black gives government agent a license to steal—no charges, no trial, and no way to survive with room and board.

I asked awhile back if Eric Holder was serious about ending asset forfeiture. Obviously, he wasn’t. He’s now gone and Loretta Lynch, our Republican-confirmed Attorney General loves asset forfeiture.

So we get stories like this one in the Albuquerque Journal:

It happened, Rivers said, to him on April 15 as he was traveling on Amtrak from Dearborn, Mich., near his hometown of Romulus, Mich., to Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of making a music video. Rivers, in an email, said he had saved his money for years, and his mother and other relatives scraped together the rest of the $16,000.

Rivers said he carried his savings in cash because he has had problems in the past with taking out large sums of money from out-of-state banks.

A DEA agent boarded the train at the Albuquerque Amtrak station and began asking various passengers, including Rivers, where they were going and why. When Rivers replied that he was headed to LA to make a music video, the agent asked to search his bags. Rivers complied.

Rivers was the only passenger singled out for a search by DEA agents – and the only black person on his portion of the train, Pancer said.

In one of the bags, the agent found the cash, still in the Michigan bank envelope.

“I even allowed him to call my mother, a military veteran and (hospital) coordinator, to corroborate my story,” Rivers said. “Even with all of this, the officers decided to take my money because he stated that he believed that the money was involved in some type of narcotic activity.”

Rivers was left penniless, his dream deferred.

“These officers took everything that I had worked so hard to save and even money that was given to me by family that believed in me,” Rivers said in his email. “I told (the DEA agents) I had no money and no means to survive in Los Angeles if they took my money. They informed me that it was my responsibility to figure out how I was going to do that.”

Other travelers had witnessed what happened. One of them, a New Mexico man I’ve written about before but who asked that I not mention his name, provided a way for Rivers to get home, contacted attorneys – and me.

“He was literally like my guardian angel that came out of nowhere,” Rivers said.

Remember, even if Rivers was in fact a major drug trafficker, what happened to him was still robbery. He is supposed to be charged and tried in a court of law before he can be punished. Being left penniless by a lawless “law enforcement officer” is robbery no matter what actually happened.

But we have no reason to doubt Rivers story. The fact that we view carrying large amounts of cash with suspicion is a sign of how we have all been turned into sheep.

The proven criminals are these government agents. They are the members of the largest thieves’ cartel in North America.