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The Trump Administration Will Soon Restore the Ability of Police to Seize Suspects’ Money and Property with Federal Help

  July 19, 2017.

The Trump administration will soon restore the ability of police to seize suspects’ money and property with federal help, but The Associated Press has learned the policy will come with a series of new provisions aimed at preventing the types of abuse that led the Obama Justice Department to severely curtail the practice.

At issue is asset forfeiture, which has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions without criminal convictions or, in some cases, indictments.

The policy to be rolled out this week targets so-called adoptive forfeiture, which lets local authorities circumvent more-restrictive state laws to seize property under federal law.

The proceeds are then shared with federal counterparts.

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