US News Controversial law allows police to seize and sell cars of non-lawbreakers, keeping the proceeds

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A controversial law that allows police in Minnesota to take and sell someone's personal property is coming under more scrutiny after the state patrol seized a woman's car during a drunk driving stop late last year, even though she was not driving or charged with a crime.

Emma Dietrich recently paid thousands of dollars to buy back a 2013 Chevy Camaro that she had already paid off.

"I really hate that I had to do a buy-back, but mentally, financially, emotionally, I can't handle this case being in limbo for maybe two more years," Dietrich said.

Troopers seized Dietrich's car under Minnesota's forfeiture law that has allowed police agencies across the state to take close to 14,000 vehicles, generating nearly $10 million for those departments in just three years, according to a review of statewide data by 5 INVESTIGATES.

Read more here. (KSTP Minnesota)
 

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