I came across this the other day, and it is one of the most rampant abuses of police power I have seen in awhile. I understand forfeiture law, and how the police have the ability to confiscate the expected proceeds of drug sales and drug activity. I even see where it has a useful purpose in some limited cases. But this type of shakedown mentality is just appalling. What kind of a police state is Tennessee running? With competing agencies fighting over the ability to pull over drivers passing through so that they can confiscate cash off of the driver and not even charge them with a crime.
It seems like they are running a very expensive toll road. Check out the video.
If this type of stuff is allowed to continue we all need to take a good long look at the laws in this country. Some of the memorable quotes included.
"We are taking advantage of how the laws are, to use the money to be able to put back to fight the drugs." -Police Chief
Reporter: "So if these officers don't come up with cash then they might lose their job?"
Police Chief: "It's a possibility, yes"
Reporter: "It looks like they are not concerned with stoping the drugs they just want the money?"
Police Chief: "That shouldn't be the case but thats what it looks like."