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U.S. Attorney General bans asset seizure by local police

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that state and local police in the United States will no longer be able to use federal laws to justify seizing property without evidence of a crime. Holder cited “safeguarding civil liberties” as a reason for the change in policy. The order directs federal agencies who have collected property during such seizures to withdraw their participation, except if the items collected could endanger the public, as in the case of firearms. Holder said the ban was the first step in a comprehensive review the Justice Department has launched of the program.

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