And paying $3 million to the people it victimized. Apparently, Philly’s was one of the most pernicious in nature.
Philadelphia hauled in $64 million in seized property over the last decade, according to an investigation by the Philadelphia Inquirer. That’s more than Brooklyn and Los Angeles combined. Not only does Philadelphia take in more than other cities, but the average seizure is significantly more petty. A City Paper review of 100 cases from 2011 and 2012 found the median amount of cash seized by the District Attorney was only $178.
Civil asset forfeiture is one of the most aggregious concepts to spring from the drug war.