TENAHA, Texas (CNN) -- Roderick Daniels was traveling through East Texas in October 2007 when, he says, he was the victim of a highway robbery.
But Daniels couldn't go to the police to report the incident.The men who stopped him were the police.
Clearly asset forfeiture is a valuable tool, but it appears that it is widely abused by police and prosecutors. Asset forfeiture is also an excuse to keep the drug war going as cash-strapped departments can supplement their budgets with cash and property from suspects. It is time that states review their policies in order to prevent the kinds of abuses noted in Texas and elsewhere.
The Tenaha Police Department is returning some of the seized assets after the CNN coverage of the law suit.