Asset forfeiture is arguably the biggest public-relations problem facing U.S. law enforcement right now.
Because of the nature of the corporate media, one might get the impression that it’s controversial use-of-force incidents that put officers and agencies behind the eight-ball when speaking to reporters.
And while there’s no question that incidents like the one recently in Chicago, where an explosive OIS video is about to be released, it’s actually issues like forfeiture and what some call “policing for profit” that are the more serious long-term challenges from a public-relations perspective.
At any rate, the fact that law enforcement seized more cash and property than burglars did in 2014 is raising a few eyebrows.
Most cops are not fond of being collection agents for local or state governments.
But currently there’s very little being heard from cops themselves on this issue.
One of the challenges for law enforcement will be trying to explain to a largely uninformed public why agencies have so many budget issue when there’s so much money and property being seized.