Lawsuit challenges AZ police right to seize property, cash in investigaitons

A new lawsuit is challenging Arizona law enforcement’s broad authority to seize property and money in criminal investigations.

On behalf of an out-of-state couple, Paul Avelar, attorney for the Institute for Justice, filed a lawsuit last week challenging the authority of several Navajo County law enforcement agencies. The lawsuit asks the court to declare their practices unconstitutional.

“They can take your home, your car, your life savings, and they never have to accuse you of a crime, much less convict you of a crime,” said Avelar in an interview with ABC15. “That’s the way civil forfeiture works.”…..

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