St. Louis cops turn forfeiture policy into free car rental service


Mark Frauenfelder
Boingboing
July 21, 2008

Editor’s note: As this story underscores, in many parts of the country police departments and local governments are now indistinguishable from the Mafia.

Cops and their kids get to use confiscated cars in St. Louis for free.

Seems that the city of St. Louis, like many cities, allows the police to confiscate the cars of people suspected (but not necessarily convicted) of certain crimes. They have a contract with a city towing firm, and said firm was allowing police officers and their families to "rent" confiscated cars free of charge, sometimes for months on end. Officers and their families could also sometimes purchase the confiscated cars at a fraction of the cars’ value.

All of that is pretty outrageous. But it gets better. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch stumbled onto the story after investigating the daughter of the city’s police chief. She had been involved in a number of accidents with different cars. On several occasions she had wrecked a car, then simply gone down to the towing service to get a 60-80 percent discount on a new one. After one accident, her blood-alcohol concentration tested at .17. She wasn’t arrested or charged. The department says it has "no idea" why she was let go.

St. Louis Cops Turn Forfeiture Policy Into Free Car Rental Service (Reason Hit & Run)

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