JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down portions of a law that imposed special requirements on Ferguson and other cities and police in St. Louis County following unrest after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The court ruled Tuesday that the 2015 law was unconstitutional because the state failed to justify provisions treating St. Louis County differently from the rest of the state. One stricken section required St. Louis County police agencies to be accredited and cities to maintain balanced budgets. Another limited the county’s cities to getting no more than 12.5 percent of their revenue from traffic fines and court fees, as opposed to 20 percent elsewhere in Missouri.
The U.S. Justice Department investigated following Brown’s 2014 death in Ferguson, finding the St. Louis suburb operated a profit-driven municipal court system.