Those Racially Charged Emails From Ferguson Cops and Court Officials Are …

4 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ferguson releases racist emails from former city official, officers.

Washington: Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, have released the full content of racially charged and religiously insensitive emails, including about President Barack Obama, sent between the city’s former court clerk and two ex-police supervisors.Racist emails released Friday by the city of Ferguson reveal that most were sent by a former city court clerk to two police officers and there is no indication other city officials were involved. The emails, although dating back years before the shooting, were among evidence presented by the Justice Department in a report in March that concluded that racism pervaded the Ferguson Police Department.

The emails were discovered during the investigation into the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. They were sent and received by Mary Ann Twitty, who was Ferguson’s court clerk, as well as former Ferguson police Captain Rick Henke and former police Sergeant William Mudd. Richard Henke muses that “we shouldn’t worry about [Obama] being president very long because what black man holds a steady job for four years?” A separate Justice Department report found widespread racial bias in Ferguson’s policing efforts and the municipal court system, which it said was driven by profit mostly extracted from black low-income residents.

The report cited a series of inappropriate messages sent by an unspecified number of city employees, including one message that compared black welfare recipients to mixed-breed dogs.

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