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buy canada goose jacket Police found no evidence of any drugs or other paraphernalia in Eh Wah’s car, but they reported that a K 9 unit made a positive alert on the vehicle. Eh Wah says police canada goose outlet eu subjected him to hours of interrogation and repeated threats to throw him in jail. buy canada goose jacket

“The way I live my life, I never thought that I would go somewhere like jail, that I would have to explain myself with all these things that I never have done in my life,” he told The Washington Post. “I don’t even know what the drugs look like.”

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canada goose On Monday, followingthe Post storyandlocal news coverage,the district attorney’s office announced it was returning the money to Eh Wah. Prosecutors also dropped additional criminal charges they had filed against him over his alleged possession of illegal drug proceeds. canada goose

Eh Wah may be off the hook, but his case has already provided another flashpoint for critics of civil forfeiture in Oklahoma, where recent attempts to reform state laws have met strong opposition from law enforcement.

“Law enforcement was saying a month or two ago that there is no forfeiture abuse in Oklahoma, and I think this case illustrates that’s dead wrong,” said Dan Alban, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit law firm that represented Eh Wah.

Alban says this creates a perfect environment for innocent people like Eh Wah to get caught in the civil forfeiture net. And most of these victims can’t rely on pro bono legal representation and national media coverage to expose an injustice.

buy canada goose jacket cheap “The police found his money, but didn’t believe any of his explanations, despite the fact that he had no drugs on him,” Alban said. “He had photos from the concert, he put them in touch with the band leader they talked to him on his cellphone the night of the stop they went and visited the band’s website. For some reason, they didn’t believe him.” buy canada goose jacket cheap

State Sen. Kyle Loveless (R) has been leading the charge to overhaul the way law enforcement uses civil forfeiture in Oklahoma, and said Monday that he was disappointed to see another case of cheap canada goose police abusing the practice.

“I would like to say I’m surprised, but I’ve been saying this has been going on for the last year,” he told The canada goose outlet factory Huffington Post in an interview. “This case is just the highlight of all of that no drugs, no priors, no reason to take their money, none whatsoever.”

“In Oklahoma and the United States of America, the government should not be able to take your stuff unless they can prove it’s tied to a crime,” he said. “And that’s just not happening.”.

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