In Riot-hit Ferguson, Traffic Fines Boost Tension And Budget

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In Riot-hit Ferguson, Traffic Fines Boost Tension And Budget

by Wochit 0:51 mins

In Riot-hit Ferguson, Traffic Fines Boost Tension And Budget

by Wochit 0:51 mins

When calm and order is finally restored to Ferguson, Missouri, the city's leaders may find little room to maneuver to resolve an issue that has long inflamed racial tensions: traffic tickets. On the surface it would seem an easy fix for the mainly white police force simply to adopt a less aggressive policy on traffic stops, which overwhelmingly and disproportionately snare black motorists. That may be easier said than done, though. Traffic fines are the St. Louis suburb's second-largest source of revenue and just about the only one that is growing appreciably. The heavy reliance on these funds is emerging as a thorny issue for Ferguson following the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white policeman Darren Wilson.

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