Beyond Ferguson: Municipal Courts Are Still A Problem In Missouri
The DOJ's Ferguson investigation uncovered an abusive city court and ticket-happy police force. But Ferguson is not the only city with that problem.By Jamal Andress | August 8, 2016
"If you can't make a payment on that ticket, then they hold you ... So while these people are being held, you're changing their entire livelihood for running a stop sign," Pine Lawn Alderwoman Roslyn Brown said.
One of the most interesting findings to come out of the Department of Justice's investigation of the Ferguson Police Department was the overzealous use of traffic violation fines and fees to fund the city government. And when you have court fees making up large portions of city revenue, that can fuel mistrust and resentment between police and the communities they operate in.
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