Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Banditti in Blue (William Grigg)

William Grigg on police theft made legal through the disastrous War on Drugs and the key reason why it still exists, asset forfeiture:

David Seward's problem wasn't his greed. It was his inability to transmute that greed into public policy.

Until August 2006, Seward was Chief of Police for the town of Troy, Texas (pop. circa 1,400). As I noted in this space shortly after the event, Seward was fired -- along with the three other officers who composed the police force -- amid accusations that he had misappropriated funds "seized during criminal investigations." Specifically, the money was confiscated after drugs were found in a car during a traffic stop.

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