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On Thanksgiving Day, 2016, Aaron Dorn was arrested by state troopers in North Dakota. Aaron, who is from upstate New York, was in North Dakota protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. He was arrested in Mandan, to the west of state capital Bismarck. The officer who arrested him said Aaron had swerved his Chevrolet Silverado in order to ram his vehicle into traffic on Main Street.

Aaron was charged with reckless endangerment, and his truck was seized using a process known as civil asset forfeiture. This is a procedure used by law enforcement to take property or cash even if the owner has not been convicted of a crime. In June this year, Aaron was acquitted of all criminal charges related to his arrest. Despite this, he has been unable to get his truck back. Since the vehicle was seized in a civil process and not as part of the criminal case, it is regarded as a separate matter legally.
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