Woman Appeals to Get $8,000 Back After Police Seized It Without Charging Her With Any Crime
Cristal Starling runs a mobile food cart in Rochester, New York. She dreamed of expanding the business into a food truck, and she saved enough money to do just that. But in the fall of 2020, the local police raided her apartment and seized $8,040—the money she was going to use to pursue her dream. When Cristal attempted to fight against the civil forfeiture of the money, she ran into procedural hurdles that prevented her from making her case in front of a judge. The government never even tried to show that Cristal had done anything wrong.