Joseph Rivers $16,000 seized by DEA

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Brief: DEA steals $16,000 

Hi my name is Joseph Rivers I am a 22 year old musician and video editor/producer. I recently took a train to California with $16,000 which I accumulated through various video  shoots, and recording sessions, as well as from my own family. This money was intended to shoot the music video that would have change my life forever. Before the Train could make it to its final destination we made a stop in Albuquerque New Mexico. Two officers, who latter became known to me as "DEA Agents", boarded the train and began asking passengers questions.

 After being questioned and fully complying with the officers requests.  The officers decide to seize the entire $16,000 in cash with no charges or any evidence  to support their actions. I am currently asking for help to recoup the money that was taken from my family and I, so I can honor the gift of success by still achieving what I originally set out to do.

I am currently going through a legal process called civil asset forfeiture. This entitles me to have to go and fight for proof of ownership, while at the same time being put on hold to pursue my life long dream. My mom and I (her being the main contributor to my success) have recently visited Capital Hill for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform. We have done a great deal of work to spread this knowledge by our own hand, as well as with the help of many many others.

We ask that you help by spreading this knowledge as well. If you would like to make a donation you can do so at the top of the page to the right. Below you can view several articles as well as the news broadcast and young turks discussion about the story.  Anything that you could give to help would be greatly appreciated. Please share this information with all those around you. Thank you 

Joseph Rivers

Albuquerque Journal:
http://www.abqjournal.com/580107/news/dea-agents-seize-16000-from-aspiring-music-video-producer.html

The Detroit News: Congress Questions D.E.A
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/23/congress-questions-dea-cold-searches-travelers-conyers/29194401/

Wall Street Journal:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428

KOAT News Broadcast:
http://www.koat.com/news/man-wants-his-16000-seized-by-dea-agents-in-albuquerque/32857620

The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/11/how-the-dea-took-a-young-mans-life-savings-without-ever-charging-him-of-a-crime/

The Young Turks Youtube Broadcast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDNfzF2E_oU

The Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3077890/Black-aspiring-businessman-16-000-life-savings-seized-DEA-never-charged-crime.html

The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/07/dea-asset-forfeiture-joseph-rivers_n_7231744.html

The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/the-glaring-injustice-of-civil-asset-forfeiture/392999/

The Washington Times:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/12/dea-agents-seized-16k-man-train-california-dreams-/

The Washington Free Beacon:
http://freebeacon.com/issues/dea-seizes-amtrak-passengers-life-savings-without-charging-him-with-crime/

CNBC News:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102679948

Tampa Bay Times: http://tbtpics.tampabay.com/incoming/yes-dea-agents-can-take-your-money-if-they-want/2230290

Laist.com
http://laist.com/2015/05/08/joseph_rivers_civil_asset_forfeitur.php

John Oliver speaking on the civil asset forfeiture :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

 

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