Regarding “21K seized by task force is restored” (News, July 28): Civil asset forfeiture is nothing more than legalized theft by cop. We wouldn't stand idly by if some thug was robbing us blind, but for some reason too many people just roll over and take it when the thug is wearing police blues.
There are two things we can learn from this story: The first is that civil asset forfeiture needs to go. We shouldn't be forced to defend our property from allegations that the inanimate objects were involved in criminal activity while the owner of the property isn't charged. The second is that we should never consent to a search of our vehicle when pulled over, nor should we voluntarily answer potentially incriminating questions, or questions that might expose us to civil asset forfeiture. Don't tell the cops that you have cash! We need to stand up to institutionalized thuggery. We need to demand the repeal of all civil asset forfeiture laws.
E. Zachary Knight, Newcastle