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Racist Emails From Clerk to 2 Officers Released by City of Ferguson

Racist Emails From Clerk to 2 Officers Released by City of Ferguson

Ferguson police try to separate Michael Brown supporters from Ferguson police supporters, outside the Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court in Ferguson, Missouri, March 15, 2015. News of Sunday’s arrest of suspect Jeffrey Williams in last week’s shooting of two policemen during a protest rally in Ferguson, prompted a show of support for Ferguson’s beleaguered police force. Williams, 20, has admitted to firing the shots that wounded the officers early on Thursday, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, and told investigators that he was not targeting police but was shooting at someone else. REUTERS/Kate Munsch

Racist emails released Friday by the city of Ferguson indicate most were sent by a former city court clerk to two police officers, and there’s no indication other city employees were involved.

The emails were discovered during an investigation into the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white police officer.

A grand jury in November declined to indict the former officer, Darren Wilson, who also was cleared of civil rights violations by the U.S. Department of Justice in March.

But a separate Justice Department report last month 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 and 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.

It appears that most of the emails released Friday and obtained by news outlets were sent from Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty to police Capt. Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd.

Twitty was fired over the emails, while the two officers resigned. Names are redacted in several places, and City Clerk Megan Asikainen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that non-city employees are not being named.

The city did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press on Friday evening.

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One comment on “Racist Emails From Clerk to 2 Officers Released by City of Ferguson

  1. Stevenson Benoit
    April 4, 2015

    Reblogged this on NAANI.

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