Two Ferguson, Mo., police officers stepped down this week following the release of a Justice Department report that included racist e-mail exchanges that involved members of the city’s police force and local court officials.
Officers Rick Henke and William Mudd resigned from the force on Thursday, Ferguson City Attorney Stephanie Karr confirmed through an e-mail that was sent by a city spokesman on Friday. Additionally, Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty was fired Wednesday.
The e-mail did not expand on the details of the decisions, which were also reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and CNN earlier Friday. Both outlets said they were connected to the messages noted by the Justice Department.
The Justice Department on Wednesday released a report that explained why Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson wouldn’t face federal civil rights charges in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death in August sparked unrest in the St. Louis suburb.
A second report focused on law enforcement practices and issues within the department. Here’s how the e-mails were described in that report:
A November 2008 email stated that President Barack Obama would not be President for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”
A March 2010 email mocked African Americans through speech and familial stereotypes, using a story involving child support. One line from the email read: “I be so glad that dis be my last child support payment! Month after month, year after year, all dose payments!”
An April 2011 email depicted President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee.
A May 2011 email stated: “An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, ‘Crimestoppers.'”
A June 2011 email described a man seeking to obtain “welfare” for his dogs because they are “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are.”
An October 2011 email included a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption, “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.”
A December 2011 email included jokes that are based on offensive stereotypes about Muslims.
The Post-Dispatch notes that it remains unclear whether Henke, Mudd and Twitty “were alleged to be senders or recipients of offensive emails.”
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