Arresting Your Cash: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Police Into Profiteers
The Washington Post has an interesting report about the huge amount of money that Fairfax County spends to go after gambling. The story cites critics who ask “why law enforcement spends valuable time and money on combating sports gambling.” The answer is obvious — and explicit in the story: “…police in Virginia are allowed to keep 100 percent of the assets they seize in state gambling cases.” In other words, harassing the gambling business is a profit-making endeavor for police.
“Giving Cops Bad Incentives to Harass Victimless Behavior,” Daniel J. Mitchell, Cato@Liberty, September 20, 2010
Kentucky man battles against asset forfeiture laws
- The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 4 (Fourth Amendment – Search and Seizure)
- The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Fifth Amendment – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings)
- Asset Forfeiture Program Home – DoJ
- “Asset Forfeiture: Selected Legal Issues and Reforms,” CRS Report R43890 (39-page PDF)
- “Contesting the Seizure of Vehicles Under Civil Forfeiture: What Process Is Due?” CRS Legal Sidebar LSB10581 (7-page PDF)
- “Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture Should Be a Bipartisan Project,” by Steven Greenhut, Reason, April 2, 2021
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