Aggressive Police Seize Millions From Motorists Not Charged With Crimes


The Post detailed “a little-known cottage industry of private police-training firms that teach the techniques of ‘highway interdiction.’ ” One firm created a private intelligence network known as Black Asphalt Electronic Networking & Notification System that enabled police nationwide to share detailed reports about motorists, whether criminals or innocent, including their Social Security numbers, addresses and identifying tattoos, as well as hunches about which drivers to stop. Many eports have been funneled to federal agencies and fusion centers as part of the government's expanding law enforcement intelligence systems, despite warnings from state and federal authorities that the information could violate privacy and constitutional protections. A thriving subculture of road officers competes to see who can seize the most cash and contraband, describing their exploits in the network's chat rooms and sharing “trophy shots” of money and drugs. Some police advocate highway interdiction as a way of raising revenue for cash-strapped municipalities.

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