(From The Daily Signal)
The officers alleged the money was “the proceeds of drug trafficking or was intended to be used in an illegal transaction,” according to court documents.
But Clarke said the money came from five years worth of savings from different jobs, financial aid, gifts from his family members, and benefits from his mother, who is a disabled veteran. He planned to use the money to pay for living and school expenses upon returning to Florida.
When the officers attempted to take Clarke’s money, Conrad alleged the young man grabbed a second officer’s wrist.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. The charges were ultimately dropped.
After Clarke’s money was seized, the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm based in Arlington, Virginia, challenged the seizure in court.