Property Seizures and Retentions by NYPD Add Up to Millions of Dollars, Legal Aid Charges in Testimony

The Legal Aid Society called for greater disclosure by the NYPD regarding property seized and held after an arrest.

Thomas O’Brien, a Staff Attorney in the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice, testified at a Sept. 15 hearing of the New York City Council’s Committee on Public Safety strongly supporting the need for transparency, since annual property seizures and retentions add up to miilions of dollars. O'Brien also accentuated the need for greater due process and fairness for individuals attempting to recover vehicles and cash, the major categories of seized property.