Police departments across the United States have seized hundreds of millions in cash and property without making an arrest under a federal forfeiture doctrine that assumes large amount of cash being transported in a vehicle is drug related or the result of illicit activity unless the owner can prove otherwise. The Washington Post reports that the forfeiture system has spawned an aggressive style of policing in which departments appear to be in competition to become top dog. In cases where large amounts of legitimate cash was seized, owners were forced to hire attorneys and wage long legal battles to get their money returned.

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