Two Minnesota Residents Want Iowa City Police To Return Cash

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Minnesota residents want the Iowa City Police Department to return their money.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Tiffani Barber and Kearnice Overton, of St. Paul, Minn., last week filed an application in Johnson County District Court. They said officers wrongfully seized $48,000 during a traffic stop March 16.

Civil forfeiture laws permit officers to seize money and property of people suspected of crimes.

Overton says in court documents that Barber gave him the money to buy property from Overton's cousin in Rock Island, Ill. Overton says the money was not connected to criminal activity. Overton was cited for driving without a valid license but says in court documents that he did have a valid license.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Vicki Lalla says she can't discuss the case specifics.
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