- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Smaller police departments in Los Angeles county are coming under fire after a report by an advocacy group found that they use a federal law to confiscate property when owners aren’t charged with a crime.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://tinyurl.com/pp9ffd8) law enforcement agencies keep up to 80 percent of property seized under civil asset forfeiture. The report by the Drug Policy Alliance shows that several cities appear to rely on the revenue.

Seizures by Pomona police brought in more than $14 million - much more than the cities of Oakland, Long Beach, Fresno and Bakersfield combined. Departments in South Gate, Beverly Hills and Baldwin Park were also criticized.

California requires a conviction to justify keeping assets of up to $25,000, but federal law only requires probable cause.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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