The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason
Governor Goofus, meet Governor Gallant.
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has decided not to follow in Republican Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s footsteps and has instead made the correct choice to help protect the property rights of its citizens.
Ducey has just signed into law a bill that should seriously restrict the ability of law enforcement officers in Arizona to abuse the process of civil asset forfeiture as a way of generating revenue rather than fighting crime.
Civil asset forfeiture is a mechanism by which police and prosecutors seize the property and assets of a person suspected of a crime and keep it all for themselves. While this type of asset forfeiture has been sold to communities as a method of fighting crime by denying “bad guys” the financial benefits of their misdeeds, the reality of what actually happens is far different. Seizing assets through a civil procedure instead ofpost was originally published on this site