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Ferguson is in dire need of some community rebuilding and newly appointed Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin is stepping up to the plate to bridge the trust between the citizens and law enforcement.

According to a new report by Reuters, he ordered that all arrest warrants issued in the city before December 31, 2014 be withdrawn.

McCullin, 74, a Black native of East St. Louis, gave reasoning for his decision in a statement saying, “These changes should continue the process of restoring confidence in the Court, alleviating fears of the consequences of appearing in Court, and giving many residents a fresh start.”

Defendants who had their driver’s licenses suspended simply for missing court dates or fines will be able to reinstate their driving privileges right away and those who had arrest warrants issued for minor traffic violations will no longer face jail time and will be released on their own recognizance and given another court date.

Following the death of unarmed teen Mike Brown and the subsequent innocence of officer Darren Wilson, the city leaders of Ferguson were lambasted by the U.S. Department of Justice for trumping up charges against its (predominately Black) community simply for obtaining revenue and exploiting the people.

Judge McCullin was appointed back in June following the removal of Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer, who the DOJ accused of operating a revenue generator courtroom with his gavel.

H/T: Gawker

Photo: Associated Press Video Screenshot

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