South Carolina Police Hauled in $17 Million Through Civil Asset Forfeiture Over Three Years

South Carolina police seized more than $17 million over a three-year period according to a comprehensive joint investigation by the The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail. The news outlets scoured roughly 3,200 civil asset forfeiture cases across South Carolina. The results, the reporters say, “yielded a clear picture of what is happening: Police are systematically seizing cash and property—many times from people who aren’t guilty of a crime—netting millions of dollars each year.”