Georgia Deputies Seize $500,000 in Cash from Motorist Cited for Traffic Violations

Posted on March 14, 2019 11:18 am

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By Carey Wedler

In recent years, the public and government alike have signaled disapproval toward the contentious police practice of civil asset forfeiture, where law enforcement can seize property from private individuals—often without charging them with a crime. States have enacted reforms, and just last month, the Supreme Court issued a ruling against it.

Despite the changing tide, however, police in many parts of the country are still confiscating property without filing charges against the owner or even presenting evidence to warrant these seizures. Sheriff’s deputies in Lowndes County, Georgia, recently confiscated over half a million dollars from a motorist