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A Campus Bike Cop Shut Down a Hot Dog Vendor and Took His Cash for Evidence

"Yep, this is law and order in action," the officer says in a video taken of the incident.
Drew Schwartz

The Long Struggle to Reform the System That Lets Cops Casually Seize Property and Cash

Politicians in both parties have been trying to overhaul the process by which police confiscate the cash and belongings they think have some vague connection to crime. Then Donald Trump happened.
Max Rivlin-Nadler

Trump Wants Cops to Confiscate More Stuff

After joking about ruining a state senator's career, Trump encouraged cops and prosecutors to seize assets.
Maurice Chammah
Vice Blog

Inside the Legal Struggles of Michigan's Medicinal Marijuana Industry

'Weediquette' host Krishna Andavolu takes a deeper look into the show's most recent episode.
Krishna Andavolu

What Can You Do When the Cops Take Your Money and Won't Give It Back?

Under New York City's opaque and arbitrary civil forfeiture system, seizing money from a woman not accused of a crime is a perfectly legal thing to do.
Jake Offenhartz
civil asset forfeiture

Is the DOJ's FIFA Corruption Sting Just 'For-Profit Policing' Run Amok?

The United States went to great lengths to prosecute FIFA. But was the ultimate goal just to make money from civil asset forfeiture?
Elliott Turner

What Should You Do if the Cops Try to Seize Your Property Unfairly?

We talked to Ezekiel Edwards, the director of the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, about the problems with the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture.
Brian McManus

A New Report Shows Just How Much Shit Cops Have Been Seizing

An explosion in civil asset forfeiture has plagued the country since the 1980s, and lawmakers are struggling to rein it in.
Brian McManus

Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Wants to Jump Back Into the Drug War

She's taking a hard line on marijuana legalization and civil asset forfeiture.
CJ Ciaramella
Bad Cop Blotter

The Feds Are Making It Harder for Local Cops to Seize Private Property

Attorney General Eric Holder is axing a program called Equitable Sharing, dealing a brutal—if not fatal—blow to the system of formalized American police corruption that is civil asset forfeiture.
Lucy Steigerwald
Bad Cop Blotter

The ​Police Informant Who Caused a Deadly Pot Raid in Florida Has Outed Himself

Some of the more notable SWAT raids of the past decade have been precipitated by anonymous informants. Most of the time, their credibility is something known only to police—assuming they exist in the first place.
Lucy Steigerwald

New Hampshire’s Libertarian Beer Renaissance

Kevin Bloom, a member of the Free State Project, has led a push to loosen New Hampshire's brewery laws. Now, he's about to open a conspiracy-themed bar of his own.
Livia Gershon