Blacks in Ferguson line up outside court to deal with arrest warrants stemming from non-payment of traffic
tickets. It was discovered that the city of Ferguson was using mass ticketing of blacks as it's second largest
source of income.
The municipal court judge in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday announced sweeping changes to the city's court system, including an order to withdraw all arrest warrants issued in that city before December 31, 2014.
RELATED STORY: City of Ferguson Finances Self Via Mass Traffic Ticket Blitzing of Blacks—2nd Biggest Source of City's Income (Video)Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, also changed the conditions for pretrial release. According to a press release put out by Ferguson, all defendants will be given new court dates with alternative penalties like payment plans or community service.
In March, a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation found that Ferguson police and the city's municipal court engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African-Americans.
Those issues didn't necessarily go away with the Justice Department report's release. An exclusive CNNMoney analysis earlier this month found the city was still pumping out thousands of new arrest warrants and jailing people over minor offenses.