A new federal class-action lawsuit accuses 13 St. Louis-area municipalities of \u0022terrorizing\u0022 poor, primarily African-American people through a \u0022deliberate and coordinated conspiracy\u0022 by \u0022creating a modern-day police state and debtors\u0026#039; prison scheme that has no place in American society.\u0022The non-profit ArchCity Defenders and the law firm Arnold \u0026amp; Porter filed the suit Tuesday, the same day as demonstrators were marking the two-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer.The U.S. Department of Justice released a report last year into Ferguson\u0026#039;s police practices, concluding that the department engaged in systematic targeting of African-American citizens, and \u0022consistently set maximizing revenue as the priority for Ferguson\u0026#039;s law enforcement activity.\u0022As the Guardian reports, \u0022Tuesday\u0026#039;s suit describes how this revenue-focused policing model has continued apace in St. Louis County\u0026#039;s neighboring municipalities.\u0022The new suit names the city of St. Anne, which acted as a \u0022jail hub,\u0022 and 12 other smaller municipalities: Edmundson, Normandy, Cool Valley, Velda City, Beverly Hills, Pagedale, Calverton Park, St. John, Bel Ridge, Wellston, Velda Village Hills, and Bellefontaine Neighbors.\u0022These cities are all coordinating together in order to hold people who cannot afford to pay traffic fines and can\u0026#039;t afford to pay cash bail because of their poverty,\u0022 said Blake Strode, an ArchCity Defenders attorney, to local news KDSK. \u0022No one\u0026#039;s arguing that there shouldn\u0026#039;t be any punishment for these things, but what we can\u0026#039;t do is hold people in jail because they\u0026#039;re too poor to pay a debt.\u0022The suit further states: \u0022Defendants are forcing the poorest and most vulnerable citizens to finance a municipal system that is a toll of injustice and oppression.\u0022\u0022Whether or not valid, a citation for a minor offense—a broken tail light, a lane change without signaling—often generates clipping debts for people like Plaintiffs, resulting in jail time when they cannot afford to pay, deepening their already desperate poverty,\u0022 it continues.Further, as Mariah Stewart and Ryan J. Reilly reported for the Huffington Post:\u0026nbsp;Inmates incarcerated by St. Ann, the suit alleges, are held under horrific conditions that include overcrowded cells, \u0022reused\u0022 blankets, \u0022disgusting and unsanitary\u0022 mattresses, and \u0022unhealthy and nearly inedible\u0022 food. Inmates were not allowed to shower until they had been held at the jail for a week, the lawsuit says, and trash piles in cells gave off a \u0022very pungent odor.\u0022One legally blind plaintiff alleges officers refused to allow her to keep her glasses. Another says she was denied her medications, and that guards called her \u0022crazy\u0022and an \u0022African child.\u0022 Yet another says she was held in a cell with a schizophrenic inmate announcing she wanted to kill someone.ArchCity Defenders filed another federal suit on Tuesday on behalf of four Ferguson protesters who say that city and its prosecutors \u0022pursued baseless charges\u0022 against them and and that lawyers were driven by \u0022personal, financial incentives\u0022 to do so.