NEW MEXICO PASSED A LAW ENDING CIVIL FORFEITURE. ALBUQUERQUE IGNORED IT, AND NOW IT’S GETTING SUED
SOURCE: AGAINST CRONY CAPITALISM
Leave it to the city slickers in Albuquerque. Am I right?
After her son was pulled over for drunk driving, Harjo became one of roughly a thousand people every year who have their car seized by the city of Albuquerque in a process heavily weighted against the property owner. But unlike the vast majority of those cases, she’s not rolling over. A new lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court by Harjo and the Institute for Justice, a libertarian-leaning public interest law firm, argues the city’s lucrative vehicle seizure program stands in direct contradiction of recently passed state laws and “is driven by a pernicious—and unconstitutional—profit incentive” that deprived Harjo of her 14th Amendment due process rights.
“It’s a scam and a rip off,” Harjo said. “They’re taking property from people who just loan a vehicle to someone. It’s happened a lot. Everybody I’ve talked to has had it happen to them or somebody they know, and everybody just pays.”