Twenty-three-year-old Quan Holt has been treated like a drug kingpin. But he still hasn’t been indicted on any charges.
Data obtained by VICE News shows police in British Columbia bought surveillance equipment, riot gear, and phone-hacking hardware through civil forfeiture.
"Yep, this is law and order in action," the officer says in a video taken of the incident.
Buying equipment with the funds is “essentially double-bookkeeping,” critics say.
Thanks to civil forfeiture laws, the government of British Columbia have held onto a biker clubhouse for six years. The bikers want it back.
Their lawsuit claims the state's civil asset forfeiture laws allow law enforcement agencies to rake in cash by seizing and selling innocent civilians' property.
Ulbricht faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison. Now the government says he owes money too.
Cops routinely seize assets—like cars, money, and even hotels—that are linked to criminal activity, even if the property owner hasn't been convicted of a crime. This leads to a dangerous system of incentives whereby cops seize property in drug busts so...