A shocking new report reveals the egregious manner in which a South Carolina police department seizes property and money from residents.
Titled the TAKEN investigation, the report was first published by The Greenville News and The Independent Mail. It profiles several people who fell victim to abuse of power by the Greenville Police Department, finding the department had seized $17 million over the last three years.
The publications combed through approximately 3,200 civil asset forfeiture cases across the state. The results “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.”