Activist journalism wins over civil forfeiture — for once

We need some good news this morning. I am so glad to see there is a happy ending to this case of potentially heartbreaking injustice. There is no erasing in this man’s unnecessary trauma at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve, but I hope that he can move forward with success. Yes it was just money and not violence, and yes, greater injustices are not overcome. But on a morning where it’s been made crystal clear (again!) that our figures of authority have no shame or compunction against stealing the life savings of hard-working ordinary Americans, it’s a small comfort to see that they failed in at least one case.
Also: Civil forfeiture laws are abusive and unconscionable. Horror stories everywhere.


About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 20 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps software developers communicate with customers. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Lives: Brooklyn. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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