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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Police issue ‘pantry tickets’ for minor traffic violations

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Police issue ‘pantry tickets’ for minor traffic violations

AFFTON, Mo. (AP) – Drivers pulled over by police in the Affton area of St. Louis County for a minor traffic violation recently got a surprise: No ticket, but a suggestion to instead donate money to a food pantry or some other worthy cause. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1eNnALA ) reports that the “pantry ticket” […]

Police issue ‘pantry tickets’ for minor traffic violations

AFFTON, Mo. (AP) – Drivers pulled over by police in the Affton area of St. Louis County for a minor traffic violation recently got a surprise: No ticket, but a suggestion to instead donate money to a food pantry or some other worthy cause.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1eNnALA ) reports that the “pantry ticket” or “courtesy card” are issued only to drivers who would just get a warning anyway.

Chief Jon Belmar says he wants to spread the initiative countywide to help improve relations between residents and police.

Last year’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a now-former Ferguson police officer brought attention to the tension between police and the public. A Justice Department report criticized many St. Louis County municipalities whose finances depended heavily upon their law enforcement to produce traffic fine revenue.

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