Defining What’s Excessive In Police Property Seizures Remains Tricky

The technique attracts the ire of activists on the left and right, and occasionally it bursts into public view after especially egregious seizures.

One of the most visible opponents of civil asset forfeiture is a libertarian-leaning nonprofit called the Institute for Justice. It has argued for years that the billions of dollars in forfeited property amounts to a system of “Policing for Profit.” They took on Timbs’ case, arguing that the seizure of the truck constituted an “excessive fine,” in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.