“We take a lot of money from people. We take a lot of property from people. We take homes, we take cars.” Says former cop Neil Franklin. “We don’t even have to prove [illegal activity] we take your property anyway.”

This disturbing trend of corruption is seemingly skyrocketing. Something has to be done.

Police officers are forcing people to choose between time behind bars or turning over their money and property — all without ever making an arrest. Fight civil asset forfeiture abuse. www.aclu.org/policing-for-profit #prisonprofiteers

This video is part of the Prison Profiteers series produced by Brave New Foundation’s Beyond Bars campaign in partnership with the ACLU and The Nation. Narration by Henry Rollins. Research help provided by Prison Legal News.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.