Under civil asset forfeiture, police can seize property suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture, with civil forfeiture, people don’t have to be convicted—or even charged—with a crime to permanently lose their cars, homes, or cash.
Even worse, in many cases, police get to keep what they seize through asset forfeiture. As long as cops get to keep what they seize, civil asset forfeiture will keep on spawning scandals.
The Institute for Justice is fighting to stop “policing for profit” and to reform civil forfeiture. The organization created this video to feature some of the craziest things that cops spent forfeiture money on.
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