Civil forfeiture threatens the property rights of all Americans.
These laws allow the police to seize your home, car, cash or other property upon the mere suspicion that it has been used or involved in criminal activity.
Georgia has some of the worst civil forfeiture laws in the country. But, in an attempt to at least ensure civil forfeiture is subject to public scrutiny, state law requires local law enforcement agencies to annually itemize and report all property obtained through forfeiture, and what they did with it, to their local governing authorities.
The City of Chicago’s forfeiture processes violate due process. The rules are arcane, obscure, and hard to find, and people who actually try to follow them are essentially thwarted by the CPD’s rules and failure to tell people how to do anything. Also, the City sends forfeiture notices to the residences of people in jail, and refuses to check the jail records to see if any of the notices returned involved people in jail. Gates v. City of Chicago, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 19940 (7th Cir. September 27, 2010)
A court paperwork oversight resulted in an erroneous warrant being issued for Cynthia Stanley's arrest. Her crime, sending a check into the Court which was accepted and entered by Court personnel on the day Cynthia's fine was due. Warrant was issued by the Court and served by two Amesbury police officers on the same day the fines were due/paid. Woman had to sit in jail for 4 hours.
NOAA law enforcement often used excessive fines and the threat of even larger ones if an alleged violator exercised the right to appeal to an administrative law judge. Report by U.S. Commerce Department's inspector general has prompted a review of questionable fines, unsubstantiated charges, and coerced settlements.
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A Central Precinct officer Thursday morning mistakenly fired five live shotgun rounds at a man refusing to follow police orders, when he intended to fire bean bags, Portland police announced about seven hours after the incident.
A 15-year bureau veteran was placed on administrative leave in connection with the first mistaken shooting involving live rounds loaded into a less-lethal bean-bag shotgun in the bureau's history. The bureau began carrying the less-lethal shotguns in the mid-1990s.
New Hampshire has more than 60 law enforcement officers with credibility issues so serious they could jeopardize their ability to testify at trials, but the process tracking them is so secretive it is virtually impossible to identify them or even say for sure exactly how many there are.