NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NewsChannel 5 has uncovered a brand new “policing for profit” case — a case that resulted in a New York man losing a $160,000 on a Tennessee interstate.
Even more startling, critics said, the case exposes a major loophole around a new law that’s supposed to crack down on such abuses.
Police video, obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates, shows how an Indian-American businessman from New York lost the cash during a December 2011 traffic stop along I-40 in Dickson County.
It’s money that authorities would eventually be forced to return — more than a year later.
“It does show that the government did not have a very strong case,” said Darpana Sheth, an attorney with the conservative-leaning Institute for Justice.
Her organization has called such practices “highway robbery.”