The Motel Caswell is currently in litigation due to a process known as “civil forfeiture,” in which property can be taken regardless of whether an owner has committed a crime. This is known as forfeiture in rem, where the crime is being charged against a place, not a person. The Institute for Justice has joined in the fight for the Motel Caswell, challenging the seizure as unconstitutional on the basis of the 8th and 10th Amendments. Attorney Scott Bullock presented arguments to dismiss the case last week, and a decision on the matter should be released within the next 30 to 60 days.
Recent Abuses of Power Committed by Police and Their Departments in Massachusetts
Cases brought to the media’s attention in the past year, from January 2011 to February 2012, involving police and police departments violating the civil rights of citizens.
Blue = fatality
Red = assault
Green = excessive force/brutality
Light Blue = civil rights
Yellow = federal suit challenging routine procedure
Dark Blue = theft/drugs/fraud/prostitution
Purple = animal cruelty