Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Municipal Court will begin accepting partial payments of fees and fines online, one of several changes made since the unrest that followed the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson last year.

The city announced the change on Monday. It means that those facing fees and fines no longer need to show up in court to make partial payments, eliminating the need to miss work or find childcare.

Brown, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson was not charged, but the shooting led to scrutiny of St. Louis area police and courts.

Last year, St. Louis dropped 220,000 arrest warrants stemming from minor traffic violations.

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