This won’t come as a surprise for most of our readers. Richland, Mississippi funded a $4.1m police station, higher-end training facilities, and a fleet of Dodge Charger police cars “through civil forfeitures of property and cash seized during traffic stops.”
Steve Wilson via Watchdog.org:
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The Mississippi city of Richland has a new $4.1 million police station, a top-level training center and a fleet of black-and-white Dodge Charger police cars.
All of it was paid for through civil forfeitures of property and cash seized during traffic stops of what police say were suspected drug runners on Interstate 20.
Civil libertarians question the constitutionality of civil forfeiture, which has become a key part of revenue for state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. Under the laws of many states, citizens can be deprived of their property or even cash if police merely suspect the owners to be involved in criminal activity.