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Residents File Lawsuit Against Ferguson, Mo.

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against Ferguson and Jennings, Mo. by residents who claim the towns have created “unconstitutional debtors” prisons, reports the Atlanta Black Star.

According to the 15 residents who filed the suits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, low-income people are being jailed for unpaid fines due to traffic tickets or other minor offenses. Making matters even more unbearable, allegedly jail guards are denying citizens their right to a lawyer and are being abused by municipalities.

The treatment and circumstance described in the allegations go on to illustrate overcrowded cells, multiple suicides and “grotesque” conditions.

Residents are asking that the these harsh practices be discontinued and are also seeking compensation for those whose rights were violated.

Much of the ticket salutations and inhumane jail treatment has been said to stem from the town uproar as it relates to the murder of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a White officer whom the grand jury decided not to indict.

More information on the lawsuit can be found, HERE.