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TOPEKA, KS – Today Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) released an updated report analyzing civil asset forfeiture data in Kansas. The report follows a U.S. District Court’s judge’s recent opinion accusing the Kansas Highway Patrol of “waging war” on motorists. The court ruled unconstitutional the “Kansas Two Step,” a technique the Kansas Highway Patrol had been using to search motorists’ vehicles and seize their property in violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
AFPF-Kansas Deputy State Director Jonathan Lueth:
“The court’s ruling and data make clear Kansas’ current forfeiture laws permit law enforcement to unconstitutionally confiscate people’s property with minimal chance of recovery. We will continue to fight to protect people’s rights to privacy, property, and due process.”
The latest findings are an update to last year’s report on forfeiture activities in the Sunflower State. AFPF analyzed all reported forfeiture actions from July 1, 2019, to December 31, 2022.
AFPF’s analysis finds:
Download the full report HERE.
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