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How Police Departments Use Civil Forfeiture to Collect Billions.
Initially created to take down drug lords, civil asset forfeiture has morphed into an excuse by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to confiscate cash and other property regardless of whether a person is charged with a crime.
Police arrest woman's boyfriend and then steal her cash.
Brookside officers have been accused of fabricating violations and are being sued.
The officers admit there's nothing illegal about carrying large amounts of cash, then take almost $90,000 from him anyway.
Civil asset forfeiture, which lets police officers seize property from suspected criminals.
How Police Departments Use Civil Forfeiture to Collect Billions