Even though he was acquitted of the criminal charge leveled against him, Aaron Dorn still lost his truck to a process known as civil asset forfeiture. Inspired by the man’s case, a North Dakota state representative is introducing a bill to reform civil forfeiture in the state.
Last summer, I reported on the man’s situation. In the fall of 2016, he had traveled from his home in New York state to join the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The man was arrested by a police officer who claimed he had attempted to ram the officer’s police car with his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado.