Federal Judge Rules That Albuquerque’s Asset Forfeiture Created an Unconstitutional Profit Incentive

A federal judge has ruled that Albuquerque’s civil asset forfeiture program violated residents’ due process rights by forcing them to prove their innocence to retrieve their cars. Under civil forfeiture laws, police can seize property suspected of being connected to criminal activity, even if the owner isn’t charged with a crime.

Source: Federal Judge Rules That Albuquerque’s Asset Forfeiture Created an Unconstitutional Profit Incentive

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