Federal Suits Allege Humboldt County (NV) Extorting Forfeiture Agreements Via Detention Threats

Two separate federal suits filed alleging that the Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff's Office compelled motorists to waive ownership in their currency and other property on threat of detention:

"Later, Plaintiff was “unarrested”. As a condition for the release of himself and his vehicle he was given a form to sign surrendering and waiving claim to $13,800.00 in cash which the officers had seized from his vehicle. With his liberty in the air, Plaintiff had no choice but to sign the document. The deputies also retained Plaintiff’s firearm, a 40 caliber Ruger, although the form did not relinquish Plaintiff’s right to the firearm." Complaint and Jury Demand, Smith v. Humboldt County, et al (D. Nev. Feb. 28, 2014) (No. 3:12-CV-00475).

"[Deputy] Dove’s seizure of the plaintiff’s money was without cause and unlawful. Upon seizure of Plaintiff’s money, Dove threatened to have Plaintiff’s car seized and towed, leaving Plaintiff afoot, unless Plaintiff “got in his car and drove off and forgot this ever happened.”" Second Amended Complaint, Nguyen v. Humboldt County, et al (D. Nev. Feb. 12, 2014) (No. 3:14-CV-00039).

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  • commented 2014-07-17 09:17:22 -0500
    The sad thing is that this happens every single day all across the U.S. Especially in low income neighborhoods where most citizens don’t know their rights and are intimidated by the cops. Unfortunately, most citizens think they have to do everything a cop tells you to do.
  • commented 2014-03-30 20:32:40 -0500
    no american citizen should be forced to give their property and sign a document saying that they give it off the own free will every american citizen should have a legal right free to get this property back without having to pay the expense of a lawyer….J/J