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The Shocking Finding From the DOJ"s Ferguson Report That Nobody Has Noticed

In the city of Ferguson, nearly everyone is a wanted criminal.

That may seem like hyperbole, but it is a literal fact. In Ferguson -- a city with a population of 21,000 -- 16,000 people have outstanding arrest warrants, meaning that they are currently actively wanted by the police. In other words, if you were to take four people at random, the Ferguson police would consider three of them fugitives.

That statistic should be truly shocking. Yet in the wake of the Department of Justice"s withering report on the city"s policing practices, it has gone almost entirely unmentioned. News reports and analysis have focused on the racism discovered in departmental emails, and the gangsterish financial "shakedown" methods deployed against African Americans. In doing so, they have missed the full picture of Ferguson"s operation, which reveals a totalizing police regime beyond any of Kafka"s ghastliest nightmares.

The Department of Justice"s 102-page report is a rich source of damning facts about the Ferguson criminal justice system. But tucked halfway in and passed over quickly is a truly revelatory set of figures: the arrest warrant data for the Ferguson Municipal Court.

It turns out that nearly everyone in the city is wanted for something. Even internal police department communications found the number of arrest warrants to be "staggering". By December of 2014, "over 16,000 people had outstanding arrest warrants that had been issued by the court." The report makes clear that this refers to individual people, rather than cases (i.e. people with many cases are not being counted multiple times). However, if we do look at the number of cases, the portrait is even starker. In 2013, 32,975 offenses had associated warrants, so that there were 1.5 offenses for every city resident.

That means that the city of Ferguson quite literally has more crimes than people.

To give some context as to how truly extreme this is, a comparison may be useful. In 2014, the Boston Municipal Court System, for a city of 645,000 people, issued about 2,300 criminal warrants. The Ferguson Municipal Court issued 9,000, for a population 1/30th the size of Boston"s.

This complete penetration of policing into everyday life establishes a world of unceasing terror and violence. When everyone is a criminal by default, police are handed an extraordinary amount of discretionary power. "Discretion" may sound like an innocuous or even positive policy, but its effect is to make every single person"s freedom dependent on the mercy of individual officers. There are no more laws, there are only police. The "rule of law," by which people are supposed to be treated equally according to a consistent set of principles, becomes the "rule of personal whim."

And this is precisely what occurs in Ferguson. As others have noted, the Ferguson courts appear to work as an orchestrated racket to extract money from the poor. The thousands upon thousands of warrants that are issued, according to the DOJ, are "not to protect public safety but rather to facilitate fine collection." Residents are routinely charged with minor administrative infractions. Most of the arrest warrants stem from traffic violations, but nearly every conceivable human behavior is criminalized. An offense can be found anywhere, including citations for "Manner of Walking in Roadway," "High Grass and Weeds," and 14 kinds of parking violation. The dystopian absurdity reaches its apotheosis in the deliciously Orwellian transgression "failure to obey." (Obey what? Simply to obey.) In fact, even if one does obey to the letter, solutions can be found. After Henry Davis was brutally beaten by four Ferguson officers, he found himself charged with "destruction of official property" for bleeding on their uniforms.

None of this is even to mention the blinding levels of racism, which remain the central fact of police interactions in Ferguson and nationwide. The overwhelming force of this violent and exploitative policing system is directed at the African American population. In 2013, 92 percent of Ferguson"s arrest warrants were issued against African Americans, and black Fergusonians were 68 percent less likely than others to have their court cases dismissed. The racism is so blatant and comprehensive that the DOJ concluded that "Ferguson law enforcement practices are directly shaped and perpetuated by racial bias." Considering the qualified and colorless language typically deployed in government documents, this is an astonishingly forceful statement.

Ferguson"s racism has been central to the media coverage of the release of the DOJ report. But in a certain way, by focusing entirely on disparate racial impacts without examining the sheer scale of the brutal state juggernaut, one misses crucial facts. MSNBC listed as the DOJ"s number one "most shocking" finding the fact that "at least one municipal employee thought electing a black president was laughable." But the existence of racist views in the department is not the most shocking fact, not by a country mile. Rather, endemic racism in policing comes standard. However, that racism occurs in the wider context of an ever-enlarging interlocking system of administrative bureaucracy and police violence.

The other pitfall in analyzing the Ferguson report is to see it as being about Ferguson. There are 19,492 municipal governments in America, and the chances that Ferguson happens to be the worst are extremely slim. In fact, there is strong evidence that in the world of better funded, more militarized, more technologically advanced police departments, Ferguson is simply a high-profile case study. While the Ferguson nightmare may dwarf the problems in cities like Boston, American policing is so out-of-control that Ferguson-style practices can occur on at least some level in almost every department.

It"s hard to believe, but the Ferguson police department"s massive deliberate racism only represents one of its problems. The DOJ report shows not just a racist criminal justice system, but one in which the very act of being alive has been made a crime, and in which nearly every resident is wanted by the law at every moment of every day.


EVERYONE guilty of 1.5 crimes
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There are 15 comments:
Male 4,188
Well Gerry,

You were perhaps more fortunate than others. You had the vision and fortitutde to seek a better life elsewhere.

If you and your father, and grandfather and the greatgrands before them had only known that life of misery, i can see it being harder to escape.

I can almost liken it to why people stayed on a slave plantation. Sure they knew it was horrible to be a slave, but the notion that it was actually better anywhere else was probably a hopeless dream.
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Male 14,331
Here`s an idea for them instead of pointing the finger at everyone else cause that`s been getting so much respect how about "yallzzz."
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Male 40,550

@ Daegog, I see your point. I don`t have to imagine it I lived it in the late `70s. I grew up in a small town and gay was not acceptable. I know about oppression and living in fear, and not trusting the police. I got the hell out. I had no where to go and no resources but I was not going to live that way.

I suppose they have their reasons, but I can`t understand living in conditions like that.
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Male 17,511
5Cats is correct Ferguson is just a small part of St. Louis County as a whole and it`s all one very large jurisdiction, separated into north, west, and south county court sub-jurisdictions.

The St. Louis "metroplex" is huge, a widespread suburban maze. The widespread suburbia of St. Louis is also very much self-segregated. Some areas are nearly 100% upperclass others nearly 100% lowerclass A 5 minute drive can take you from the richest of the rich neighborhoods to poor, section 8 supported, "hoods".

The main problem is that most blacks in St. Louis hate and do not trust their government, court system and police. This distrust even extends to their own so called "leadership".

The DOJ report was a travesty of inaccurate information and assumptions based on flimsy evidence. It was reverse racism and failed to place the blame were it truly belongs, the thugs that live in Ferguson.
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Male 4,188
Gerry,

Consider for a moment:

You are born in Ferguson, your entire has been spent in Ferguson and its all you truly know and understand.

Sure you see on TV things like the Cosby Show (no pun intended), but it would seem about as realistic as Star Wars.

You are probably poor, as are the rest of your family, friends and neighbors. Theoretically, you could try to move someplace else, BUT why would you have any reason to suspect the cops are going to be different anywhere else in America?

Hell, they could even be worse!

I suspect (although this is pure speculation on my part) is that fear of the unknown is one of the great reasons that so many people who are in bad situations stay there, be it in a town like ferguson or even an abusive relationship.
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Male 40,550

Why do people stay? It`s a depressed city with no jobs and you`re treated like crap. Why not move to a better place? I`m not justifying anything the city did {except shoot Michael Brown} they`re thugs running a racket.

But why stay in a crap hole like that?
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Male 41,561
I linked this in another thread, but it bears repeating!

Ferguson Wiki It`s about 50% black, 45% white and 5% other...
In 1970? It was 99% white... :-O

St. Louis Wiki has a terrific map! Look how seamlessly the various "cities" are meshed together? Ferguson is in the top part, in the middle... where all those blue dots are...
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Male 41,561
I don`t care much for the conclusions of the article, but essentially it`s true! (afaik, of course)

The PEOPLE of Ferguson and surrounding "cities" are TARGETED by Police for REVENUE.

It`s all about taking people`s money away from them... perfectly legal of course! :-/

If blacks are less able to fight back? Then the "bullies" will pick on them more and more. NOT because of racism, but purely because of GREED.

Pigs don`t hate black folks, they just WANT ALL YOUR MONEY!

It`s disgusting, and happening ALL ACROSS the USA. Canada too, btw! :-|
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Male 2,389
"In 2013, 32,975 offenses had associated warrants, so that there were 1.5 offenses for every city resident.

That means that the city of Ferguson quite literally has more crimes than people."

This should tell you something about what people are being charged with. Most of the time when someone gets charged they get charged with the most number of charges possibly allowed so that something sticks. This isn`t uncommon at all. Take a DUI person. 1 person could be charged with DUI, careless and wreckless, driving left of center, child neglect or endangerment (if there`s a child in the car), failure to yield, improper lane change and failure to stop. Yes this is all possible. That`s 7 charges on 1 person. Now, imagine that 1 person lives in a town with 4 people. Yeah, do the math.
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Male 234
Ferguson has a demographic that is mostly black. Coincidence? You be the judge.
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Male 749
"...which reveals a totalizing police regime beyond any of Kafka`s ghastliest nightmares."

I have nightmares about being totalized too.
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Male 4,382
Are any of them falsely accused of anything?
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Male 15,402
AHhahahahaahahaaahahah. I haven`t laughed so much in weeks
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Male 116
I bet I know what Ferguson has a lot more of than Boston...
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Male 2,164
Link: Shocking Find From Ferguson DOJ Report [Pic] [Rate Link] - EVERYONE guilty of 1.5 crimes
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