(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Thousands of arrest warrants that were issued in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Jr. have been withdrawn.
Ferguson Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin has thrown out as many as 10,000 arrest warrants related to minor offenses committed before Dec. 31, 2014. Defendants will be given new court dates or offered installment plans to pay off any fines.
The withdrawal does not apply to more serious state charges.
Ferguson’s judicial system was harshly criticized by the Justice Department in the wake of Brown’s killing by then-police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Residents had complained of heavy-handed policing and over-zealous prosecution for minor crimes.
Federal officials investigating Brown’s shooting essentially agreed and called for an overhaul.
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