According to Forbes Magazine, federal drug agents may be racially profiling and unjustly seizing cash from travelers in the nation’s airports, bus stations, and train stations.
They call it “cold consent,” but it doesn’t seem to involve consent at all.
The seizures also echo concerns that civil forfeiture can detrimentally affect minorities.
Appearing on Fox News in February, Sen. Rand Paul argued that civil forfeiture “predominantly has targeted black individuals, poor individuals, Hispanic individuals,” says Forbes.
According to euronews, police in Rome recently have broken up a mafia drug ring arresting 26 people and seizing more than 600kg of cocaine and hashish. Those arrested were members of the infamous Ndrangheta mob group.
Anti-mafia magistrate Michele Prestipino says the Rome marketplace is strategic and helps mafia clans to accumulate criminal, political, and economic power.
According to FOX31 in Denver, a video taken by a witness during an arrest shows a Denver police officer punching a suspect in the face six times and then tripping the man’s pregnant girlfriend.
The witness who took the video claims an officer took the tablet he was using to record the arrest and deleted the video file, not realizing it had already been stored on electronic cloud storage.
The limited-use video obtained by FOX 31 in Denver shows the suspect’s head bouncing off the pavement from the force of the punches.
Police reports state that the police officer, Charles “Chris” Jones IV made the arrest after undercover narcotics police officers say they saw the suspect, David Flores, a suspected drug user, stuff a white sock in his mouth that they thought contained drugs.
Police say Flores refused to respond to requests to show his hands.
While Jones and his partner Christopher Evans were holding and punching Flores, Jones pulls the feet of Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, 25, out from under her,causing her to fall.
Jones said he tripped her because he thought she was going to kick him. He also cited reasons for why he punched Flores.
Fox31 / News200x video.