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Since DoJ Forced Ferguson Cops to Stop Preying on the Poor, the City is Going Broke

After the death of Mike Brown in 2014, the city of Ferguson and its law enforcement were placed under a national microscope. The predatory nature of the department was exposed and was eventually reined in. However, now that they can’t police for profit, the Ferguson police department is going broke.

Prior to the death of Mike Brown and the ensuing DoJ probe, traffic fines were the town’s second largest source of income, after sales tax. The DoJ report noted that financial incentives were driving law enforcement to continue unfair policies, predominantly targeting African-Americans.

In 2013, African-Americans accounted for 86 percent of traffic stops, while making up 63 percent of Ferguson’s population.

For those too poor to pay their tickets, routine traffic stops in Ferguson ended up in repeated imprisonment due to mounting fines. Ferguson was running a de facto debtors’ prison.

“Because such systems do not account for individual circumstances of the accused, they essentially mandate pretrial detention for anyone who is too poor to pay the predetermined fee,”  top civil rights prosecutor who supervised the Ferguson inquiry at the Justice Department, Vanita Gupta said at the time.

Now, a lack of funds has cops overworked and underpaid, and officials are running scared.

Shannon Dandridge, who worked for dispatch for 13 years, resigned earlier this month citing the lack of funds to properly pay staff. She says the lack of funds for the department is creating a dangerous situation, according to HuffPo.

“Mistakes are going to happen, someone is going to get hurt, whether a citizen or officer,” she said. “I don’t feel at this point we can properly staff the dispatch center to keep the community and officers safe. Something needs to be done immediately. After over 26 years working in law enforcement I’ve never seen such a disconnect between a city and its police department.”

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In the wake of the DoJ investigation, law enforcement officials, and local politicians fled, including the police chief, city manager, city prosecutor, city clerks, municipal judge and police officers.

Losing the ability to prey on the poor left the police force and the city government decimated.

To deal with the city’s debt, which is mounting by the day, lawmakers have begun to increase taxes. However, they are still falling short.

According to Dandridge, calls to 9-1-1 frequently go unanswered and because of the lack of staff experience, officers are going to the wrong homes when they do actually answer the phone.

This chaos among law enforcement as a result of the DoJ investigation is a telling sign of the nature and function of police in America. Their very existence relies on their ability to legally rob the citizens.

Police, we are told, are here to keep us safe and protect us from the bad guys. However, public safety all too often takes a back seat to revenue collection. Time and time again, the Free Thought Project has exposed quota schemes in which officers were punished for not writing enough tickets.

Just this week, we reported on Bergen County, New Jersey, which is experiencing a similar financial struggle because cops haven’t been extorting the population fast enough to keep up with government spending.

Bergen County law enforcement chose to educate drivers instead of extorting them and accidents went down. They also started investigating actual crimes instead of generating revenue. However, this lack of revenue sent politicians into a frenzy and the police have since gone back to writing tickets. In the last six months alone, the number of tickets written has skyrocketed by nearly 450 percent to keep those inflated bureaucratic salaries flowing.

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The question to ask now is, will Ferguson do the same?

If history is any indicator, we can see that the government always tends to take more. The residents of Ferguson, who’ve been finding themselves with more money, as of late, could soon see that windfall brought to a grinding revenue generating halt.

However, what happens if the police don’t start extracting revenue from the poor again and they’re disbanded?

Well, we’ve already seen what can happen. In Ferguson, during the unrest, while the police and National Guard seemed powerless to protect peaceful citizens from rioters, private organizations stepped in to fill the gap.

Oath Keepers, an organization of former and current military and police agents, spent several nights standing guard over businesses to deter looters. Many of the people they protected seemed grateful. Davis Vo, a restaurant owner, noted, “When they’re here, there’s definitely a weight lifted off of our shoulders.” With the looting that was ongoing, and the National Guard focused on protecting the police command post rather than major commercial areas, many business owners were thankful for extra protection — wherever it came from.

The actions of Oath Keepers are part of a trend of private enterprises competing with police to provide security. Threat Management Center, a private defense firm, protected folks in Detroit when police forces couldn’t. Peacekeeper, a free app, competes with police by enabling people to build a network of friends, family, and neighbors whom they can call on in an emergency. The organization notes that this service can be faster and more customer-centric than calling police.

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Solutions are all around us, we just have to seek them out.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit
  • Katrina Turner

    there is no justice when the people calling for help gets attacked by the ones who are suppose to protect and serve, innocent people are being targeted and killed for no reason, causing a non trust of the failing system

    • Prince

      How very true! But, you don’t usually hear about it on the news if it’s a white person murdered by Police Pukes. Also, the system is failing as it always has been a fraudulent one since at least 1871.

  • Stuart Blankenship

    The oathkeepers are not a good group to be dealing with, Far too many have ties to the altright and rightwing militias as a vet I can’t stand the group nor would I trust them.

    • Byron

      Oath Keepers are controlled opposition, as is any non-Profit 501c3 Corporation, Charity, Non Governmental Organization, Church, Religious Organization – get out of them – stay away from them.

  • billdeserthills

    Time to downsize, just like the middle class and everyone else these days

    • Prince

      Most towns, counties, cities don’t need an entire police force, just a Constable and a Sheriff & a couple Deputies.

      • Anthony Huss

        The main source of LEO’s “extra” work burdens come from their gross overreach into areas outside of their constitutional limits.

        But when motivated by the allure of more power, more money, bloating the staff and equipment they will always snatch up a bigger piece of the pie.

        Sadly, this is the point where they no longer serve We The People, but instead serve only their Blue Wall gang.

        In the process citizens are indoctrinated into learned helplessness and worship The State. The sooner Americans learn to take back the Constitution and some rugged individualism the better or we’re doomed to a Nanny State where the babysitter gets paid in blood.

  • Prince

    Refuse to pay the tickets, and demand a trial by jury in a Constitutional Law Court. If everybody started to do this, it would become way too expensive for them to continue issuing citations.

    • billdeserthills

      I had a constitutionalist fried who did as you suggest, he always got off scott free, they got to know him around town, he had no license or insurance and had never had an accident as far as I know. He used to talk such a good story, even the police didn’t want to bother with him, because he was such a colossal waste of time and effort on the part of the police. He would be very respectful and polite and comply with all the officers wishes, except for the part about shutting up–If he had to actually go to court he’d hire the best lawyer he could find and never pay the gov’t anything

      • Prince

        I don’t get it, you said he fried & got off?

        • billdeserthills

          Just a spelling error, but getting fried does sound good, now that you mention it…

    • Shawn Baker

      I completely agree we as the people have the power over the police and the government as long as enough people come to realize this and educate themselves so that we can get our Constitutional rights back and have laws thatfollow the constitution and human rights

      • Prince

        Too many are willing to just pay the fines or take a plea bargain deal in the fraudulent courts.

  • Ibcamn

    so why would you cut funds to dispatch….why would you take away the very people who send police out to locations..WTF is wrong with these turds…..oh yeah,if you cut cops salary or the officials salary[mayor’s and gov’s or heads of dept’s]they would feel underpaid,so don’t cut their multi-million dollar salary’s and the over paid criminals,i mean cops,would be able to live without all that cash…what a load of fuckshit these assclown criminals got themselves into….they lie….tell me how someone can’t live on 100,000 a year salary,unless they live outside their means[that’s on them]it’s all bullshit whiny cops and union heads that are causing this problem……….criminals are always the first to bitch about money….always……

  • jonbandit

    Time to outsource…maybe try arresting white folks.

    • jaxom100

      White folks are not the criminal element. The black folk are. Why don’t we segregate the black and white people on a city or state wide scale? Let the blacks police themselves and the white police themselves. White people can then get their property values back up and have peaceful neighborhoods again.

      • jonbandit

        You must be joking…read the FBI crime stats. Whites are more likely to commit a bevy of crimes…I’m still laughing at at the pure idiocy of your comment…you sound like Trump.

        • jaxom100

          Here is those crime stats you wanted me to read, now YOU read them:

          Crime rates

          There are dramatic race differences in crime rates. Asians have the lowest rates, followed by whites, and then Hispanics. Blacks have notably high crime rates. This pattern holds true for virtually all crime categories and for virtually all age groups.

          In 2013, a black was six times more likely than a non­black to
          commit murder, and 12 times more likely to murder someone of another race than to be murdered by someone of another race.

          Interracial crime

          In 2013, of the approximately 660,000 crimes of interracial violence that involved blacks and whites, blacks were the perpetrators 85 percent of the time. This meant a black person was 27 times more likely to attack a white person than vice versa. A Hispanic was eight times more likely to attack a white person than vice versa.

          • JennaTrull

            Let’s see the link from which you got this information. I expect a LEGITIMATE source and not some racist jackass’ blog.

          • jaxom100

            http://www.amren.com/the-color-of-crime/

            You black people just refuse to believe that you are the problem with society. This country would be so much better if we could ship you all back to Africa. That is what you guys want anyway. A ride home. You think you are so persecuted here, wait till you get to Africa.

          • JennaTrull

            You really are a fucking moron. I am Hissing Bear of the Choctaw Nation and I say we ship YOUR sorry ass back to whatever bog your inbred ancestors crawled out of. It’s enlightening to see that your idea of a “legitimate” source is a fucking white supremacy website. Fuck off, you miserable little troll. The lowest crack addict in the ghetto is worth ten of you!

          • Shawn Baker

            Wow I’m pretty sure you are the part of the reason that racist people still exist read the constitution buddy EVERYONE IS EQUAL NO MATTER THE RACE OR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS I SUGGEST YOU STUDY THE UDHR AND AGAIN THE CONSTITUTION

          • jaxom100

            Slavery still existed when the Constitution was written, dumb ass.

          • jonbandit

            That’s why the north had put down the treason being attempted by the south…they were violating the Constitution.

          • jonbandit

            Then the whites can have all the crime to themselves…since they do commit 67% of all crime in the US…take away all the non whites that number would skyrocket. This country was built by the viciousness of the whiteman…he came here and proceeded to kill every person that wasn’t white…including the buffalo…and what he couldn’t kill he enslaved. When that wasn’t enough he imported people so he could kill, rape, murder, brutalize and enslave them.. The whiteman…a shining example civilization…only in their own minds. A brutal race…that’s how everyone sees them.

          • jaxom100

            Sounds great to me.

            And how to you think black people are thought of? Thieves, druggies, crime, violence, slums, gangs, etc. There is not one good stereotype for black people.

          • jonbandit

            Why don’t just admit all races have their bad element and call it a day. I should have never allowed myself to be sucked into this racist debate in the first place. I made a comment suggesting since arresting and fining blacks weren’t paying the bills…why don’t the Ferguson Police start arresting and fining whites…little did I know white folks like yourself, don’t believe whites commit any crimes and would take such offense at the mere thought of a white person committing a crime…silly me. So I’m just going to allow you your sense of false superiority and move on. You’re welcome to stay right where you are…….

          • jonbandit

            You’re just pathetic…87% of whites that are murdered are murdered by another white person. There goes your peaceful neighborhood. I can’t stand a racist, but I really hate a dumb one. (FBI Crime Stats)

          • Shawn Baker

            I swear everyone needs to be educated on the constitution and UDHR then they will realize were all human being and are all equal and should treat each other like equals

          • jaxom100

            You need to read it yourself. Slavery existed for 73 years AFTER the Constitution was written. Nothing in the Constitution gives you the right NOT to be offended but you do have the right to free speech and that includes free speech to offend others. We are all racists inside. If a race war started, you would choose your race. Racism will exist forever. Face it.

      • Shawn Baker

        So you want to go back in time and have it the same way it was when whites had there own water fountain and bathrooms and colored people had there own doesn’t make sense

  • El

    So, if I read this correctly, the department is going broke because they are no longer allowed to be racist and corrupt and now they’re saying people are no longer safe in their own homes (officers going to wrong addresses) and ‘someone is going to get hurt’ because the dispatch is understaffed? So what are they suggesting, that they bring back racial profiling and over-ticketing? Give me a bloody break. How about if the mayor and city council start coming up with ways to fund police legitimately, or would that be a new concept for them and out of their cognitive grasp? Pfffffffft.

  • Hill Billy

    This is nationally heading toward anarchy. Once the breakdown begins they won’t be able to stop it. The Resistance needs to seize at least (2) nuclear plants. Publicly execute the top 10%.

    • Byron

      Yeah numbnut, brilliant plan – by the time you and Tech Unit are able to get control of the control station that governs the nuclear plant, what are you going to do? shut them down? hit the wrong button and cause an overload / cooling failure? Great way to win over a population.

  • Im not anticop but when yer police dept funds so much of local infrastructure from fines & penalties for petty shit… That’s pretty sick & just creates a business demand for legal extortion.

  • ItchyTheClone

    -All- police officers that engage in “civil forfeiture” are committing aggravated armed robbery. The government functionary that gave the order is an accessory to the fact and is guilty of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and racketeering. Intent is irrelevant. There is no excuse for this behavior.

  • Macado

    “To deal with the city’s debt, which is mounting by the day, lawmakers have begun to increase taxes. However, they are still falling short.

    According to Dandridge, calls to 9-1-1 frequently go unanswered and because of the lack of staff experience, officers are going to the wrong homes when they do actually answer the phone.”

    Now that the city is run by selected black officials we see their progress.

    • Pane2know

      Bigotry rears its ugly head. Along with racist behaviors, this is the very thought process that brought Ferguson to the forefront of the DOJ. The officials fled, leaving the people to sink in the muck and mire they created. An increase in taxes is a slap in the face, passing the buck as it were to the minorities. Ferguson, while predominantly black, had been held hostage through/via/by the white officials controlling the citizens, for money, after violating their civil rights.

      • Macado

        Good luck with that BS.

        • Pane2know

          I’m certain you’re capable of reading, but comprehending the DOJ findings…not likely.

          • Macado

            Right, like believing a DOJ with an agenda means anything.

          • Pane2know

            What “agenda” would that be?

          • Macado

            The DOJ of the Obama Regime is intended to spread its brand of social justice, which really is an agenda by democrats to keep blacks on their plantation.

          • Pane2know

            I see. That fanatical…fabrication. Do you have anything original? The parroted verbal vomit has worn out. Alex Jones fan…

          • Macado

            Wow, talk about babble for the sake of babble. Don’t you liberals have anything to do with rational thought?

          • Pane2know

            When there is an opportunity to present yourself as credible, you should take it…otherwise, that hole you’re digging for yourself just gets deeper. It would have been to your advantage to simply speak the truth by saying ‘no, I have nothing original’ and then go on your merry way.

            I have no excuse for you. You own everyone of them. That’s a heavy load to carry.

  • indrag13

    Looks like somebody better start holding bake sales!