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In response to Sessions’ federal adoptive forfeiture guidelines, Kanya Bennett, ACLU legislative counsel, argued that the attorney general wants to “increase law enforcement seizures of people’s money, cars and other property,” according to the ACLU’s website.
“Civil asset forfeiture is tantamount to policing for profit, generating millions of dollars annually that the agencies get to keep,” Bennett said.
Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton said he’s heard pushback from critics regarding civil forfeiture laws, but for police it has played a significant role in targeting drug traffickers. Police seize mostly money and cars from drug dealers, he said.