Clearly, patrolling the streets of America is no easy profession. When an officer pulls over a car or responds to a domestic violence call, she or he never knows what might happen. The fear of death is constant.
The testimony and subsequent guilty verdicts in the Danziger Bridge trial have exposed institutional deficiencies that encourage police misconduct and corruption. These issues are neither new nor unique to New Orleans.
Through civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize private property that they suspect is involved with a criminal activity. Civil forfeiture laws make it easy for law enforcement to seize property -- and profitable.