Chicago Is Trying to Pay Down Its Debt by Impounding Innocent People’s Cars

On June 21, 2016, Chicago police pulled Spencer Byrd over for a broken turn signal. Byrd says his signal wasn’t broken, but that detail would soon be the least of his worries. Ever since, Byrd has been trapped in one of the city’s most confusing bureaucratic mazes, deprived of his car and his ability to work.

Source: Chicago Is Trying to Pay Down Its Debt by Impounding Innocent People’s Cars

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After his family died, he threatened to kill himself. So the police took his guns.

A road that leads to John McGuire’s home in Lisbon, Conn. (Bryan Anselm/For The Washington Post) LISBON, Conn. — John McGuire was inside his house with 81 guns when five state troopers were dispatched to investigate a threat he had reportedly made.

Source: After his family died, he threatened to kill himself. So the police took his guns.

The Secret Slush Funds of Asset Forfeiture

Asset forfeiture laws don’t just allow the police to seize property they claim is connected to criminal activity; they often let the cops keep the proceeds from what they take. This profit incentive is one of the biggest problems with the practice, since it gives police an incentive to pursue petty and indefensible seizures to pad out their own budgets.

Source: The Secret Slush Funds of Asset Forfeiture

2 Years After CBP Took His Truck Because of a Few Forgotten Bullets, Still No Hearing

Gerardo Serrano was on his way to visit his cousin in Mexico when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the border station in Eagle Pass, Texas, found a magazine containing five .380-caliber rounds in the center console of his pickup truck.

Source: 2 Years After CBP Took His Truck Because of a Few Forgotten Bullets, Still No Hearing

In Surprise Vote, House Passes Amendment to Restrict Asset Forfeiture

In a stunning move, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an amendment to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act that will roll back Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s expansion of asset forfeiture . Amendment number 126 was sponsored by a bipartisan group of nine members, led by Michigan Republican Rep.

Source: In Surprise Vote, House Passes Amendment to Restrict Asset Forfeiture

Forfeiture Loot Corrupts Justice: New at Reason

In Ohio during the 1920s, people caught with “intoxicating liquors” could be tried by rural mayors, who were paid for each conviction and authorized to impose fines that were split between the village and the state. Four decades later, mayor’s courts in Ohio were handling traffic cases, which did not reward the mayors directly but generated substantial income for their villages.

Source: Forfeiture Loot Corrupts Justice: New at Reason

Indianapolis Cops Violated the Constitution by Holding Cars for Six Months Without Filing Forfeiture Paperwork

A federal judge in Indiana issued a sharp rebuke to civil forfeiture abuse on Monday, ruling that the Indianapolis Metro Police Department may no longer hold vehicles for up to six months before deciding whether to file official forfeiture paperwork.

Source: Indianapolis Cops Violated the Constitution by Holding Cars for Six Months Without Filing Forfeiture Paperwork