I recently appeared on WHYY’s Newsworks Tonight and WURD’s Nick Taliaferro Show to talk about my recent story for City Paper connecting the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office civil forfeitures to police officers now indicted on federal racketeering charges.
The story focused on the case of Kevin and Chevelle Floyd, who were evicted from their home with their three children (one a newborn) after the District Attorney’s office seized the house by forfeiture based on a single allegation of drug dealing against, Kevin Floyd — and before he’d been convicted, or even had his day in court to defend the charges. In fact, those charges were dropped by the DA’s office just a few months after the Floyds’ home was seized and auctioned off for a fraction of its value.
The D.A. has dropped or had overturned charges against hundreds of individuals arrested by the same officers that arrested Floyd — officers now facing federal racketeering and corruption charges for running a drug-dealing operation out of the Phila Police Department.
But it’s kept the proceeds from the forfeiture of houses, cash and other properties based on the same officers’ work — and the office appears to have no intention of restoring what it’s taken from the Floyd family and many others.
You can listen to both interviews below. Click here to see more of my reporting on civil forfeiture.
Newsworks Tonight, Nov. 13th 2014
WURD’s Nick Taliaferro Show, Nov. 18th, 2014