Former Judge Napolitano Decries Biden DOJ’s On-Street Device Seizures as ‘Dangerous and Unnecessary’

Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano voiced strong criticism of the new approach employed by President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) in serving warrants and seizing electronic devices from individuals on the streets. Napolitano described this tactic as “dangerous and unnecessary” during an appearance on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” on Monday.

Napolitano highlighted recent incidents, including the seizure of devices from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, where federal agents served warrants on the streets. He mentioned similar actions taken against My Pillow founder Michael Lindell and a congressman, emphasizing the dangerous nature of such confrontations.

The former judge argued that this confrontational style is not only perilous and humiliating but also unnecessary. According to Napolitano, the data sought by the FBI, whether from a mobile device or an iPad, is stored in the mainframes of service providers. He suggested that obtaining this information could be achieved through a simple grand jury subpoena to the relevant provider, eliminating the need for direct street confrontations.

The New York Times reported that FBI agents seized electronic devices from Mayor Adams as part of a criminal investigation into allegations of conspiring to accept Turkish campaign money. The agents approached Adams after an event in Manhattan, requesting his security detail to step away before taking two cellphones and an iPad under a federal warrant. The devices were reportedly copied and returned within days.

Napolitano expressed his concern over the recurring instances of street confrontations by the DOJ and the FBI, asserting that individuals should not have to fear such encounters while going about their daily lives. He questioned the motives behind the public embarrassment of Mayor Adams, suggesting a possible connection to his criticisms of the Biden administration’s handling of the migrant crisis.

The former judge stressed that the primary purpose of law enforcement is to gather evidence and prosecute, not to humiliate individuals. He underscored the need for a more measured and respectful approach to maintaining the balance between law enforcement responsibilities and individual rights.

Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw is a seasoned conservative news journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Richard is known for his insightful reporting on national and international affairs, as well as his in-depth analysis of political and cultural issues.

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