Port: How is ‘hey cops don’t take our stuff without a conviction’ a controversial proposal?

McLean County states attorney Ladd Erickson testified in opposition to HB 1287 in front of the House Judiciary committee on Wednesday morning. The bill deals with civil asset forfeiture reform. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
McLean County states attorney Ladd Erickson testified in opposition to HB 1287 in front of the House Judiciary committee on Wednesday morning. The bill deals with civil asset forfeiture reform. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

According to this article from Bismarck Tribune reporter Jack Dura, law makers and law enforcement are looking for compromise on Rep. Rick Becker’s (R-Bismarck) HB1286.

That legislation would reform civil asset forfeiture laws, putting in place new reporting requirements (we have no idea how much money law enforcement agencies across the state are making off of seized property because it’s not reported) and prohibiting forfeiture if the person who had the property is not convicted.

You wouldn’t think these would be controversial proposals. If the cops/prosecutors don’t have the evidence to convict you of a crime, why in the world should they get to keep property, by way of a separate civil proceeding, they believe was a part of that crime?

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