Local law enforcement in Albuquerque has run amok. They are currently ignoring state law and abusing their authority, creating more innocent victims and selfishly serving themselves, not the public interest.
For example, Susan is working at a bar in New Mexico. During her shift, a known drug dealer illegally breaks into her car and steals her vehicle. She files a police report and never hears anything back. Later that month the drug enforcement unit raids that same drug dealer’s house.
While collecting evidence they notice Susan’s car. Instead of returning the vehicle, Susan is notified that she won’t be getting her car back because it is now evidence.
The criminal justice system has now created an innocent victim as a result of investigating a separate crime.
This is unacceptable and must stop now.
The governor and state legislature of New Mexico have already passed many reforms but many cities like Albuquerque are refusing to comply with the new protections.
The Institute for Justice has released a jaw-dropping report on this very exact issue.
Albuquerque officials have responded to these landmark reforms with defiance. Albuquerque has continued to run its lucrative civil asset forfeiture machine despite the legislature’s clear command that only criminal forfeiture is allowed.
This is clearly criminal and those officials who are creating new victims should see the other side of the justice system themselves.
While a heavily reformed version of civil asset forfeiture laws may be appropriate, they must serve justice and not create more victims in the process.