For too long, our civil asset forfeiture laws have flipped the presumption of innocence on its head – forcing people to prove their innocence to the government to keep their own property.
This creates perverse incentives and damages community relations, making it harder on law enforcement to protect the public.
According to the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm, Minnesota earns a galling D + for our state’s civil forfeiture laws.
People who commit crimes should be held accountable, and law enforcement should be able to seize property when they suspect it was used in a crime. It is essential that property owners’ due process rights are protected.