COPS KEEP CASH SEARCH AND SEIZURE PROFILING

THE ONLY COLOR THAT MATTERS IN THESE STOPS IS GREEN

As America struggles to work through a sea of controversial episodes in police tactics and procedures, the renewed interests by Justice Department has seemed to encourage more investigative reporting on less talked about strategies used by law enforcement. Unlike NYPD’s Stop and Frisk which disproportionately impacts minorities, the following video gives insight to a strategy that has kept motorist in the dark for over a decade.

From the Washington Post Sunday September 7, 2014:

Behind the rise in seizures is a little-known cottage industry of private police-training firms that teach the techniques of “highway interdiction” to departments across the country.

Under the federal Equitable Sharing Program, police have seized $2.5 billion since 2001 from people who were not charged with a crime and without a warrant being issued. Police reasoned that the money was crime-related. About $1.7 billion was sent back to law enforcement agencies for their use.

Watch is exclusive video

One of those firms created a private intelligence network known as Black Asphalt Electronic Networking & Notification System that enabled police nationwide to share detailed reports about American motorists — criminals and the innocent alike — including their Social Security numbers, addresses and identifying tattoos, as well as hunches about which drivers to stop.
In “Stop and Seize: Cops and the Cash They Confiscate,” a three-part series starting online on Sunday September 7, The Washington Post examines how thousands of people have been forced to fight legal battles that can last more than a year to get their money back. Behind the rise in seizures is a little-known cottage industry of private police-training firms that teach highway interdiction techniques to departments nationwide. An unofficial intelligence network enables police to share detailed reports about U.S. drivers — criminals and the innocent alike — including their Social Security numbers, addresses and identifying tattoos. Click picture for video.

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Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and retired law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.

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