In the aftermath of the Ferguson uprising, much ink was spilled on the reliance of the predominantly black city on fines from its residents to pay its bills — and on the use of what amounted to debtors’ prisons that locked up those who wouldn’t or couldn’t pay the constant stream of fines and scared […]
FBI Director James Comey told reporters that “viral video effect” (which is his latest term for what used to be called the “Ferguson effect”) is responsible for increased violent crime in some US cities, in that police are scared to do their jobs because they might end up on Youtube in an unflattering video.
Ferguson’s cops aren’t just notorious for being an invading domestic military force: long before that, they were notorious for “failure to comply” arrests, where (mostly brown) people who were minding their own businesses were arrested for refusing to show ID, move along, or following other orders from uniformed officers.
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