- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials have disbanded a state forfeiture team and agreed to pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two California gamblers whose bankroll was seized by State Patrol troopers in 2013.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/2h0m5Pt ) that the unit’s key focus was to stop suspicious vehicles on Interstate 80. It was part of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and had become a target in recent years from critics who alleged the team used unconstitutional practices to seize private property for law enforcement profits.

Iowa troopers seized more than $100,000 from William “Bart” Davis and John Newmerzhycky in April 2013 after pulling over their vehicle on I-80 in Poweshiek County for failure to use a turn signal. Troopers justified the search partly on Newmerzhycky’s fidgeting and nervousness.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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