Law enforcement officers generally take an oath to protect the communities they serve with integrity, bravery and honor. Most officers abide by this oath. Unfortunately, there are cases where an officer may violate this oath. Whether for personal gain or other motivation, the officers that fail to abide by this oath can seriously damage their communities. Unfortunately, the city of Houston is currently dealing with such a case.
Criminal forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies to seize cash, cars and artwork linked to a crime. It requires a criminal conviction; however, it's cousin civil asset forfeiture goes directly after property - often vehicles (even if the owner was not the driver) - and requires no conviction.