DICKSON, Tenn. -- An agency at the center of NewsChannel 5's "Policing for Profit" investigation has severely restricted the use of civil forfeiture laws that had been used to seize cash from drivers passing through Tennessee.
Instead, the new boss of the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force said he wants officers to re-emphasize their primary mission of looking for drugs.
For more than three years, NewsChannel 5 Investigates has shined the light on laws that let police take cash from drivers without charging them with a crime.
Critics called it "highway robbery."
"I don't want the public to believe that we are out there trying to just take money from innocent people," said District Attorney General Ray Crouch. "That is not what we are going to do. I am not going to be part of that."
It marks the first time that a Tennessee district attorney has publicly rejected the broad use of the civil forfeiture laws that have drawn national attention. For the past several years, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference has lobbied lawmakers to preserve that source of money.
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