New Ohio Law Restricts Civil Asset Forfeiture

On January 4, 2017, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 347 into law, which will require a criminal conviction before law enforcement can seize property for most civil asset forfeiture cases. Ohio will join eleven other states that have similar restrictions. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal tool utilized by police departments throughout the nation. If a property is somehow linked to criminal activity, it may be seized. In theory, civil asset forfeiture prevents many crimes from occ...
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New North Carolina Law Blocks Police Accountability

As of this October, what police do in public is no longer public record in North Carolina. A new law in North Carolina allows police departments to keep body and dash camera footage secret, even from the people that were filmed, unless issued a court order. Police cameras become a topic of widespread discussion after a string of very public police brutality cases. Proponents of cameras think that the footage will increase police accountability, and will ultimately protect both the police o...
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