Group seeks clemency for nonviolent offenders in Ferguson

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 10:58 a.m. CDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Law professors at Saint Louis University are asking the Ferguson mayor to grant clemency to thousands of nonviolent offenders, in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

KSDK-TV reported that professors and the nonprofit Arch City Defenders on Tuesday asked Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III to drop efforts to collect overdue fines for traffic tickets. The group says Ferguson has more than 40,000 outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenders.

Professor Brendan Roediger says many offenders can't afford to pay fines, leading to warrants and a cycle of mounting debts.

Messages seeking comment from the city were not immediately returned.

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Skip Yates August 27, 2014 | 3:17 p.m.

Well, if you aren't going to prosecute the folks that destroyed property and looted same, why bother with traffic tickets?

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Ed Lane August 27, 2014 | 4:59 p.m.

More of the "hug a thug" mentality!!!!! These idiots riot and hurt the people in their community the most and the city is supposed to forgive that. I say B S!!!!!!!

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John Schultz August 28, 2014 | 4:49 p.m.

Read the article again, Ed. This is talking about nonviolent tickets and doesn't single out people arrested during the protests. Follow the link in the story for better details.

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