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TN Police Steal $22,000 from NJ Man For Having Cash on Him

May 20, 2012

“We’re entitled not to be deprived of our property without due process of law, both under the TN constitution and the federal constitution, and nobody cares.” — John Miles, Union City Attorney

There’s a state law in Tennessee that allows police to keep large amounts of cash from routine stops if they suspect it’s going to be used for drug trafficking. If the money’s owner doesn’t seek legal recourse to get their money back, the agency gets to keep it.

Nashville’s News Channel 5 has, for over a year now, been conducting an investigation into the practice, and what they’ve uncovered is utterly appalling.

According to laws, police don’t even have to file charges on the motorist to be able to seize the cash. The law has multiple police agencies competing for the money they can steal from motorists, sometimes causing conflicts between two agencies.

Take a look at this report where they interview officer Larry Bates, the cop that stole $22,000 from New Jersey driver George Reby. The driver told the officer he had a large sum of cash on him to purchase a vehicle, a statement which officer Bates conveniently left out of his police report.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rwolf permalink
    June 1, 2012 10:20 am

    Police Forfeiture Squads Out of Control

    Like a spreading plague, media reports of Police using Civil Asset Forfeiture to seize property from innocent owners is frightening off buyers of motels, bars, restaurants; residential rental property. Investors and property owners increasingly believe they are sitting ducks for police to confiscate their property. Many investors note the recent publicized civil forfeiture of Motel Caswell by Federal and Local Law Enforcement Agencies from the Caswell family that owned and operated the motel in Tewksbury, Mass for two generations. The Caswells cooperated with police to abate infrequent drug problems at their motel caused by guests. The family Motel was free and clear—perhaps provided a target for police forfeiture. See: “United States v. 434 Main Street, Tewksbury, Mass.”

    Bars, restaurant and rental property owners increasingly fear police; and believe police can make it a point—to shut down or seize any bar, restaurant, motel or residential rental by arresting a customer, tenant or visitor unbeknownst to the owner—possessing or distributing drugs. Undercover police / informants can steer drug sales or buys onto an innocent owners’ property or business to forfeit it. Some owners of bars, restaurants and rental property have become police informants, report on their customers—in the erroneous belief police won’t target their business or property. There are more than 350 laws and violations that can subject property to government asset forfeiture. Government civil asset forfeiture requires only a civil preponderance of evidence for police to forfeit property, little more than hearsay. No one need be charged with a crime. Corrupt Police can even create the hearsay. If police civil forfeiture abuse is not brought reined in, it is foreseeable many Americans will be afraid to own real and personal property that comes in contact with the public because of the risks of police confiscation.

    It is understandable business and rental property owners fear police. Almost every week there are news reports of police, including high-ranking police and sheriffs being arrested for selling drugs, robbing, extorting or protecting drug dealers, planting evidence; filing false reports to send innocent persons to prison.

  2. bobgood1 permalink
    May 20, 2012 1:06 pm

    I remember when I lived in Memphis, the Law stopped a car speeding to the Airport. They discovered a suitcase full of cash. The person in possession of the cash, had just bilked the people in a small town out their savings. Don’t know whether the police kept the money or not.

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