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PINE LAWN, Mo. (AP) _ Protesters are demanding changes in municipal courts in St. Louis County in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

Municipal proceedings were disrupted Thursday when about 75 people gathered outside a Missouri courthouse to protest the 19,000 traffic tickets issued last year by police in the city of Pine Lawn.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that protesters linked arms and blocked the pathway for anyone leaving or entering night court.

A grass-roots group called Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment is demanding the Pine Lawn judge cancel all warrants and waive all fines until the municipal courts can be examined.

Legal activists have cited municipal court actions that disproportionately affect low-income residents as one factor that contributed to anger and tension after Brown’s death.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch