New York Cops Took $8,040 From Her. She Was Never Charged With a Crime.
In the fall of 2020, police raided Cristal Starling’s apartment and seized $8,040. Police accused Cristal’s then-boyfriend of dealing drugs, but he was acquitted by a jury. Cristal successfully navigated the administrative process to get her money back but when prosecutors filed a forfeiture action in federal court she missed the deadline to file one required piece of paper. That was enough for the government to take her money forever. Now, Cristal has teamed up with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to appeal.