Law Enforcement

Sen. Brandes Criticizes Federal Forfeiture Policy

Jul 21, 2017

The Department of Justice is promising a return to the law and order enforcement policies of the war on drugs. Nick Evans reports some Republican lawmakers are worried those policies might undermine state laws.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the previous administration’s policy on civil asset forfeiture—making it easier for local law enforcement agencies to seize property they believe is connected with a crime even if an arrest isn’t made. 

Photo: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office via Tampa Bay Times

Nearly 500 felony arrests for juvenile auto theft, more than one arrest per day. Nearly two-thirds of all auto arrests for kid under the age of 18. Even if they're caught, most kids spend just hours in detention. Those are the findings of a data-driven investigation by the Tampa Bay Times into what's being called an "epidemic" of car thefts in Pinellas County.

A new law takes effect Saturday that would allow a state law enforcement agency to better conduct investigations into the treatment of Florida prison inmates.

Accidental opioid overdoses by first responders are an alarming phenomenon.


Now the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is warning police and firefighters to take special precautions in case they encounter synthetic opioids like fentanyl. The drugs can cause overdose just from contact with skin.

Ty Hernandez was mending a broken heart when he felt a cold coming on.

His mom, Peggy, did the mom thing.

“You’ve got to rest and drink fluids.” she said. “The next morning, I left a note on the counter with some chicken noodle soup and said, ‘I hope you feel better. Call me if you need anything.’ And I went to work.”