Holder Curbs Controversial Police Practice Civil Forfeiture
Attorney General Eric Holder has put strict limits on civil forfeiture, the controversial practice of seizing property from suspected criminals.By Matt Picht | January 17, 2015
Attorney General Eric Holder made some sweeping changes to a controversial federal program Friday in a move that could curb cops from seizing people's property without good reason.
The new measures prohibit local and state police from using the Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture Program to confiscate the vehicles, valuables, cash or property of anyone suspected of wrongdoing. Property that poses a public safety hazard, like firearms, ammunition, explosives and child pornography, can still be seized under the law.
Civil forfeiture's become an increasingly controversial issue over the past few years; if you haven't been following this particular debate, here's a brief rundown of what civil forfeiture means and why it's important.