Police departments be forced to sell and abandoned vehicles at auction to supplement their budgets.The sale vehicles has gotten so lucrative in one U.S. state, police departments are raking in dollars yearly in what many are decrying as an illegal, or at the very least, unethical government-sponsored theft scheme.
According to St. Paul's KSTP, which conducted an in-depth investigation, Minnesota cops have confiscated, sold, and profited 10 million dollars worth of cars the last three years alone, with many motorists saying the confiscation and sale was illegal.
Cops in Minnesota have taken nearly 14,000 vehicles from the citizens.
One of those citizens was Emma Dietrich who reportedly thought she was doing thing when she asked a coworker to drive her home as she was too drunk to drive.
Her got caught speeding in Dietrich's 2013 Chevy Camaro.
The was asked to participate voluntarily field sobriety exam, a breathalyzer, but he refused.
Dietrich's car was then stolen by police, some would say, and sold at auction.
Dietrich, who had paid off her car already, was forced it back at auction for a price of $4,000, the Minnesota Attorney General's office determined was sell the vehicle back to her.
I really hate that I had a buy-back, but mentally, financially, emotionally, handle this case being in limbo for maybe two more years,.
It's legal theft, attorney Chuck Ramsey, who claims the State of Minnesota has no legal grounds for taking motorists' property and selling it for profit.
Some have equated the civil asset forfeiture with "Policing for profit" or "Adjudicating for profit".
Most critically, provides no assessment whatsoever- a reliable assessment- that the State has the legal authority to permanently take the vehicle of a purportedly innocent owner.
Ramsey says the police departments' reckless actions with firearms is mirrored by way they confiscate and sell property they alone deem to be theirs.
It seems the policy of most police departments is 'shoot first, ask questions later' - take the vehicle if it's proper.
They only return it if a judge says so,.
Citizens are forced to prove their innocence and rights to property with a judge, costing motorists thousands of dollars , a process many to be humiliating, costly, and unwarranted.
Police told Dietrich the onus was on her her had a clean driving history and was sober enough to legally drive her vehicle before the keys.
That thing was history of his driving infractions and to also give him a sobriety test.
Ramsey likened that drunk person asking another drunk person to prove they weren't too drunk to drive.
Even though the Supreme Court of the has weighed in against the misuse of civil asset forfeiture schemes of , it seems take another costly legal challenge taken all the SCOTUS before Minnesota will do what many lawmakers state have said do: stop stealing people's property and selling it for profit.
Cops in Minnesota will some excuse you over, conduct a field sobriety test designed you fail, steal your car, and sell it to bidder without you ever being convicted of
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