Forfeiture law questioned after gang force misuse

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 26, 2009 - 10:36 PM

Legislators get an earful from state investigators on how it went so wrong.

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pkochAug. 26, 09 5:02 PM

Throw the crooks in jail. Little prison time will knock them down a few notches. One thing worse then a crooked politician. A crooked cop.

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eightballAug. 26, 09 5:17 PM

Aren't there laws against stealing already? Obviously these guys didn't follow the law when seizing the property which was against the law. So lets make another law that says you can't break the first law or you'll really be in trouble? That's the problem with politicians and these "panels." Why don't we just enforce the laws we have, instead of creating new laws because people didn't follow the original law. Arrests these cops, prosecute and punish them for breaking the law. Geez enough with the vicious cycle of more and more laws!

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laughinguyAug. 26, 09 5:51 PM

How about we actually follow the Constitution? Convict, then seize.

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expat251Aug. 26, 09 6:57 PM

How about restitution? Preferably from the officers that absconded with the loot, but the taxpayer ought to make the victims whole if restitution doesn't work.

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brownshirtAug. 26, 09 7:10 PM

"Obviously these guys didn't follow the law when seizing the property which was against the law." Why, cuz some political hack says so?

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doctor2687Aug. 26, 09 7:23 PM

These guys are alleged to have not followed the guidelines/ law. Why would we waste time and money to look at the laws themselves?

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belphgorAug. 26, 09 7:30 PM

A panel that investigated alleged misconduct by members of the Metro Gang Strike Force says the state's forfeiture laws are broad and might lack oversight to protect the rights of citizens. Jeez, Ya Think?

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kkjerAug. 26, 09 7:31 PM

No matter how you cut it, forfeiture laws violate the constitution. I was in in law enforcement from 1966 until 1991 and we did just fine without laws that violate the constitution. Further more, may these John Wayne wannabees go to jail, They are an embarrassment to the police profession, and wouldn't make a pimple on a good cops a**.

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davwiiAug. 26, 09 8:07 PM

i think law enforcement that break the law should have twice the consequences then maybe they would think twice before abusing their authority

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amsennyAug. 26, 09 8:29 PM

What a joke. Lack of funding is the reasons all Democrats give. Throw money at the problem, that'll fix it.

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