Beyond the murder of Mike Brown by Darren Wilson, many practices of the Ferguson and St. Louis County Police departments have echoed the Jim Crow days of outrageous poll taxes requiring African Americans to do things like guessing the number of marbles in a jar or bubbles in a bar of soap before voting in a local election.
Not widely discussed outside of Ferguson has been something called the "five second rule" that is so ridiculous that most people think it's an urban legend when they hear about it. No, it's not that similarly sounding rule about how long your food can remain on the ground before it's no longer okay for you to pick it back up and eat it, but a preposterous rule requiring protestors to make a clear, visible, physical movement at least once every five seconds.
Inhumane and insulting, this rule was just deemed unconstitutionalby a federal judge in Missouri.
Here's a sample from the ruling:
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