It’s not just the militarization of the police, but also civil-asset forfeiture laws that need reining in:
In March, Chris Sourovelisâ€™ son was caught selling $40 of heroin to an undercover police officer.
Officers from the Philadelphia Police Department responded by raiding the Sourovelisâ€™ north Philadelphia home, with guns drawn â€” one of them pointed at the head of the family dog â€” and found small amounts of the drug in the 22-year oldâ€™s bedroom. Chris and his wife, Amy, knew nothing of their sonâ€™s drug habit and it was the first time he had been busted for possessing narcotics.
A few weeks later, the cops were back to tell the Sourovelis family they had to gather their things and leave the property. The home was being confiscated under civil forfeiture rules, leaving the family homeless and forced to sleep on a neighborâ€™s couch.
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