In #Ferguson, judge takes step towards reducing tension

With all of the turmoil that has surrounded Ferguson, MO, for the past year, it’s good to see someone in the government making a move that will reduce some of the tension that has been ripping the city and much of the nation apart. Big changes were announced Monday, including an order to withdraw all arrest warrants issued before 2015.

Newly appointed Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin made several changes, some of which echo changes that are happening in other surrounding areas and some of which are new. They are designed to relieve much of the unnecessary pressure on the citizens and the police force, reducing the possibilities for conflict by forgiving past crimes. While some may view it as injustice, others see it as a necessary step to let flames of past scars cool down.

Late last week, a protest group known as Campaign Zero released a policy platform that called for the end of police violence across the country and warned that they will be monitoring the activities and stances of political figures based upon reactions to police brutality.

All of this comes just in time for the residents of Ferguson. Not only are the faced with constant pressure from the media and a police force that has been very hesitant in performing their duties, but the city is also facing several financial hardships. It was in a poor fiscal position prior to the controversies and the unrest increases the strain on taxpayers.

Violence will likely continue as the city seems to be in a constant state of rebuilding as well as fear. Nobody knows when the next building is going to burn.

The punctuating tragedy in the situation is that there is still severe violence, particularly against innocent people caught in the crossfire.

It’s just a step, but a city that has gone through so much sorrow and turmoil over the last year deserves every step forward they can get towards recovery.

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