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Ferguson Sued For Running “Debtor’s Prison”

Washington D.C.- Civil rights lawyers are taking the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. to court over what they are calling unconstitutional “debtors prisons.”

The claim is that city officials routinely burden low-income individuals with outrageous fines before proceeding to throw them in jail for failure to pay these penalties, the group of attorneys is targeting the largely African-American city’s second largest source of income.

In the video above, Ben Swann talk with RT’s Marina Portnaya.