Police Seized Property of Close to 1,000 People in Michigan—Without Ever Convicting Them of Crimes | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Police Seized Property of Close to 1,000 People in Michigan—Without Ever Convicting Them of Crimes

Police and prosecutors are able to essentially legally steal people's property under the process of civil asset forfeiture. Under "civil" forfeiture, criminal convictions are not necessary. Instead, police and prosecutors basically accuse the property itself of being connected to a crime. Using lower evidentiary thresholds and complicated bureaucratic and administrative procedures, civil forfeiture subverts the typical legal process by forcing citizens to prove themselves and their property innocent of crimes rather than forcing prosecutors to prove guilt.

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