Report: Police Forfeiture Increases In Times Of Economic Hardship

“Forfeiture is an attractive way to keep revenue streams flowing when budgets are tight.”

A police officer proudly displays his bounty taken from a police seizure.

Recent years have brought public scrutiny on a controversial law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which lets police seize and keep cash and property from people who are never convicted -- and in many cases, even charged -- with wrongdoing. But despite a growing public outcry spurred in part by news investigations and

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Claiming To Smell Pot, Airport Cops Steal $11,000 From College Student

Charles Clarke says he is a smoker, not a dealer, but it may not matter.

When he visited relatives in Cincinnati the winter before last, Charles Clarke, a 24-year-old college student, took with him $11,000 that he had saved from wages, financial aid, and family gifts because he did not want to lose it. He did not count on the armed robbers at the airport, who took every last cent as he was about to board a flight back

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Report Show Police Using Asset Seizure To Bolster Budgets

Law enforcement can seize property if they suspect it has been involved in a crime. Slowly, though, the ease with which this can be done is changing.

Confiscated cash on display as New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly speaks to reporters during a news conference at New York City Police Department. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

The rights afforded to people by the U.S. Constitution do not extend to their property. This means that when a law enforcement official suspects that someone’s property -- including his or her car, money, home or gun -- was involved in a crime, the official can seize that property and keep it. When this happens, there’s next to nothing that

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