Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the Department of Justice would be putting a stop to local and state police participation in a federal asset seizure program called “Equitable Sharing.”
The program has allowed local and state police to seize assets—usually cash and vehicles—without evidence of a crime. If the former owner of the seized property fails to make a case for the return of his or her property, the local and state police were allowed to keep up to 80 percent of the assets, with the remaining portion returning to federal agencies.
“This is a significant advancement to reform a practice that is a clear violation of due process that is often used to disproportionately target communities of color,” Laura Murph, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office director told Ars in a statement.
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