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Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household

Posted on August 23rd, 2014 at 9:46 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane -- Write a comment

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A report issued just last week by the nonprofit lawyer’s group ArchCity Defenders notes that in the court’s 36 three-hour sessions in 2013, it handled 12,108 cases and 24,532 warrants. That is an average of 1.5 cases and three warrants per Ferguson household. Fines and court fees for the year in this city of just 21,000 people totaled $2,635,400.

The sum made the municipal court the city’s second-biggest source of revenue. It also almost certainly was a major factor in the antagonism between the police and the citizenry preceding the tragedy that resulted when Wilson had another encounter with a subject six months after he got his commendation.

  1. It seems clear that there were big issues in Ferguson. No argument on that.

    However, these statistics don’t make any sense. A court can’t handle 12000 cases in 108 hours. It’s nonsensical. When I see the mention of docket queue in the article, I’m starting to think they’re double-counting cases that are in the queue at multiple sessions or some-such.

  2. Relevant quote: “The report cites a court employee as saying the docket for a typical three-hour court session has up to 1,500 cases.”

    So in 180 minutes they’ll handle somewhere between 30 and 100 cases, and the rest stay on the docket and reappear in the next session.

  3. Everyone wants to put a microscope on Fergusun’s police and government, but does that really answer the question of what is happening there? I find the reporting to be very piecemeal. There is a lot of anger, but why? Did the death of Brown define everything?

  4. Read The Body In The Street posted below. Beautifully written as well as illuminating.

  5. Does it mean that people were afraid to pick up the body?

  6. There were plenty of articles about the unequal treatment of African Americans in the U.S. before the Ferguson incident. “Driving While Black” has been a thing for a long time which lots of white people know of as well.

    Now there’s a new wave of articles explaining the accumulated frustration that fueled the protest. No lack of them if you look beyond the newspaper front-page reporting to good blogs like (say) Andrew Sullivan’s and weekly magazines like The Atlantic.

    Thing is, nothing will change until the African American community rallies to start voting in droves. And even then…

  7. “good blogs like Andrew Sullivan’s” ? That explains a lot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Sullivan

  8. @porpentine: And do tell, what does it explain? The link to wikipedia is not a big help.

  9. @Desiato: Voting in droves? There are significant obstacles to this and some other minorities even registering to vote. Not least of which prisoners and ex-cons are disenfranchised in many US states.

    Perhaps they could go on a bus boycott.

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