Forfeiture Laws Turn Public Officials Into Profiteers

The lure of revenues has distorted police priorities as money-hungry agencies think more about grabbing property than about fairly applying the law.
Aug. 20, 2013

The federal agents who cracked down on the illegal distribution of alcoholic beverages traditionally were called “revenuers.” I always liked the simple honesty of the term, given that the main goal of the revenuers was, as the name implied, to track down moonshining scofflaws who didn’t pay their taxes.

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