It has for at least ten years been a common practice in many jurisdictions, primarily in former slave-owning states, for cops to stop motorists, primarily of darker skin, and seize cash from them even though there is no evidence of a crime. In many of these cases, the victim is given the opportunity to sign a waiver of intent to fight the case in return for being returned part of the cash.
Authorities have defended the practice as being part of defending their jurisdictions against illegal drug purveyors.
I have attempted on various occasions to insert these facts into editorials for various newspapers. The editorials have been rejected as being undocumented, despite the fact that I provided documentation. These same newspapers print undocumented allegations against people provided by law enforcement on a daily basis.
According to a story in The Dallas Morning News, a lawsuit has been filed by the ACLU in Texas against Shelby County District Attorney Lynda K. Russell, Deputy Sheriff Barry Washington and other county officials based on an incident wherein Washington stopped motorist James Morrow for driving too close to the white line. Searching the car and finding nothing except $3900, which Morrow produced after being asked if he had any cash, Washington seized the cash and took Morrow to the jail where "other authorities" threatened to prosecute Morrow for money laundering if he complained.
What's remarkable in this case is that Texas and Shelby County have both declined to provide defense funding for the defendants. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott also denied them the ability to use cash from the money they have stolen from motorists to defend themselves. DA Russell says she has been "left high and dry by the system she has given her life to."
Really, in a time of tightening budgets, why shouldn't law enforcement be able to assess taxes on a case by case basis against folks who will probably only spend their money foolishly anyway?