Philadelphia ends ‘policing for profit’ program

The News: The city of Philadelphia ended a four-year lawsuit involving what critics said was “policing for profit.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Philadelphia officials on Tuesday pledged to reform the city’s  civil forfeiture program, which had been used to seize thousands of homes and vehicles and millions of dollars in cash from criminal suspects — and in some cases from people never charged with a crime.”
The Background: Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial legal tool that allows law enforcement officials to seize property they claim has been involved in specific criminal activity. Continue Reading…
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