I very much doubt include ethics; if they did, he could've should've done this* years ago.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state
police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property
without evidence that a crime occurred.
represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate
personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of
the war on drugs.
So why now? Probably one of or both of these:
1: he's leaving office, and figures his rep could use some(well, a LOT of) polishing, and
2: The policy will touch policing and local budgets in every state.
Since 2001, about 7,600 of the nation’s 18,000 police departments and
task forces have participated in Equitable Sharing. For hundreds of
police departments and sheriff’s offices, the seizure proceeds accounted
for 20 percent or more of their annual budgets in recent years.
action comes at a time when police are already angry about remarks that
Holder and President Obama made after the controversial police killings
of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. Some have
accused them of being “anti-cop.”
Nice twofer, isn't it? He can paint himself as 'protecting civil rights and overreach by LE' and at the same time whack at the budget of agencies.
Mind you, if the bastards hadn't been abusing this in the first place, actually planning parts of their budgets based on it, they wouldn't have to worry about this.
Yes, I still feel like crap; thanks for asking.
*This, and Fast & Furious, and the IRS, and the list goes on