From a New Yorker longread by Sarah Stillman on the mind-numbing Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture:
One of the first cases that caught his attention was titled State of Texas vs. One Gold Crucifix. The police had confiscated a simple gold cross that a woman wore around her neck after pulling her over for a minor traffic violation. No contraband was reported, no criminal charges were filed, and no traffic ticket was issued. That’s how it went in dozens more cases involving cash, cars, and jewelry.Save the link and give the entire article a read when you have time. It details the long and unbelievable history of cops stripping innocent people of their cash and property.
Call it highway robbery, American style.
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