One of the less noted by-products of the country's misbegotten "War on Drugs" and post 9/11 security hysteria is that police departments are free to seize property from people not even charged with a crime. And they can keep it to fund their toys, as boasted above.
The Washington Post ran a significant expose last year. Private "police training" companies have thrived on teaching the game of asset seizure to cops.
If we didn't know before, we know since the Justice Department report on Ferguson which motorists and communities are most at risk from these piratical practices.
The Drug Policy Alliance is running a campaign against asset-seizure policing.