Sep 17

NYPD: We can’t tell you how much cash we seize because it would break our computers:

New York City councilmember Ritchie Torres wants to know how much cash NYPD seizes every from citizens every year using using civil asset forfeiture, so he introduced legislation requiring annual reports from NYPD. But NYPD said at a hearing that the bill shouldn’t be allowed to pass because NYPD’s computers will crash if they attempt to generate the reports. Sounds legit!

Via Village Voice

“Attempts to perform the types of searches envisioned in the bill will lead to system crashes and significant delays during the intake and release process,” said Assistant Deputy Commissioner Robert Messner, while testifying in front of the council’s Public Safety Committee. “The only way the department could possibly comply with the bill would be a manual count of over half a million invoices each year.”

When asked by councilmember Dan Garodnick whether the NYPD had come to the hearing with any sort of accounting for how much money it has seized from New Yorkers this past year, the NYPD higher-ups testifying simply answered “no.”


H/t reader kevin a.

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One Response to “NYPD: We can’t tell you how much cash we seize because it would break our computers”

  1. Billy Says:

    Fuck these fucking ass holes! I would like to say I feel bad when we hear about cops being gunned down in the streets, but after reading about civil asset forfeiture I dont:(

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