The city of Albuquerque has announced it will end its civil asset forfeiture program. This change comes over two years after civil asset forfeiture was essentially banned at the state level in New Mexico.
In 2016, Arlene Harjo had her 2014 Nissan Versa seized by the city of Albuquerque. She never committed a crime, nor was she even charged with one. At the time her car was seized, Arlene had lent it to her son, Tino. He was stopped and charged with drunk driving. While Arlene agreed her son should be punished if he broke the law, she did not agree she should lose her car because of it. Continue reading