HIGHWAY ROBBERY: Civil Forfeiture Allows Police To Extort Thousands From Innocent Americans
May 22, 2012
George Reby was driving along Route 40 in Putnam County, Tennessee when he was pulled over by a Monterey police officer for speeding.
“Do you mind if I search your vehicle,” the officer asked.
Knowing that he had not been speeding, let alone carrying anything illegal, Reby let the officer search away.
It just so happened that Reby, a New Jersey native, was carrying $22,000 in his car at the time, not uncommon for a professional insurance adjuster like himself.
Larry Bates, the police officer seized the cash on suspicion that it was drug money and fled.
An investigative report by NewsChannel 5, a Nashville CBS affiliate, broke the story — one of the latest of these law enforcement abuses deemed “policing for profit.”