Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without warrants or criminal charges.
Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.
Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing.
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The gov has allowed law enforcement to seize practically anything they wanted to, forcing one to go to court to attempt to obtain what was rightfully yours to begin with, and I don't think that's very cheap.
Glad to see that end, the abuse was rampant.