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AKA Civil Forfeiture. John Oliver did an episode on this:


Shucks you beat me to it. This was about a year go... It's only now that main stream media is picking up on this scam by the police.

This type of aggressive policing (excessive jaywalking tickets) was also happening in Ferguson.

We know how that turned out...

As much as I like to beat on the MSM, they did pick it up; plenty of major publications (the Economist, the New Yorker, USA Today, Forbes, the WSJ, PBS, NPR, and many more) had articles on it before John Oliver's episode.

Sarah Stillman's article for the New Yorker, Taken, is particularly good, as well as depressing: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/08/12/taken

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