Former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, sparking national protests, has escaped criminal charges, but the case isn’t so for St. Louis protesters. The Huffington Post, St. reports that Louis County prosecutors are about to prosecute protesters.
The article reads “A year later, St. Louis County authorities have decided they’re not done with protesters quite yet,” said an article by Huffington Post justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly. Mariah Stewart of the same newspaper reported that: “Lawyers representing the interests of those arrested in Ferguson last August say St. Louis County authorities have sent out ‘hundreds’ of summonses to individuals swept up by police a year ago. Because the state prosecuting attorney refused to take many of the cases and the city of Ferguson has not pursued charges in others, the ordinance violation charges have come from the St. Louis County Counselor — the very same entity that defends the St. Louis County Police Department’s actions in civil rights lawsuits.”
We can vividly recall that a shocking revelation was made last year during the Mike Brown protests, that “It turns out that nearly everyone in the city is wanted for something. Even internal police department communications found the number of arrest warrants to be “staggering”. By December of 2014, “over 16,000 people had outstanding arrest warrants that had been issued by the court.” The report makes clear that this refers to individual people, rather than cases, so people with many cases are not being counted multiple times. (Though clearly some of these cannot be Ferguson residents, since the number represents more than the entire adult population and Ferguson policing applies to visitors as well.) However, if we do look at the number of cases, the portrait is even starker. In 2013, 32,975 offenses had associated warrants, so that there were 1.5 offenses for every city resident.”
Most black-dominated counties generate their income by prosecuting black people.
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