"A Michigan couple says their town seized a building they owned and then demanded that they buy two cars for the police department to get their own property back."
"A February 24, 2021, email provided to Reason by the Kozbials' attorney, Marc Deldin, shows that a Highland Park police officer, ferrying a message from city attorney Terry Ford, sent the Kozbials quotes for two cars from a local Ford dealership, totaling about $70,000.
Civil liberties groups often criticize civil forfeiture for creating a perverse profit incentive for police and local governments, since forfeiture revenues often go straight into their budgets, but it's practically unheard of to see such an overt shakedown put into emails and court documents.
"Extortion, there's no other way to explain it," Deldin says."
An interesting document that is very common from other cases:
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