Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, released on Thursday the content of racist e-mails that cost two police officers and a city court clerk their jobs, Fox News is reporting.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a Justice Department investigation of the Ferguson police department and courts found, among multiple other institutional problems, several racist and offensive e-mails sent on city computers. Ultimately, three of the people involved in the e-mails — former court clerk Mary Ann Twitty, former Ferguson police captain Rick Henke, and former police sergeant William Mudd — lost their jobs. The specific content of those e-mails was not made public until this week.
The e-mails consist largely of forwarded e-mails consisting of racist and/or insensitive jokes and images. The content of those e-mails is provided below, courtesy of the Washington Post.
WARNING: The rest of this post contains content that some readers may find offensive.
1. November 14, 2008: Rick Henke sent the following e-mail to a person whose name has been redacted.
“I did not see the email until after [redacted] called me and did not reply because I assumed [redacted] passed on to you that I would work. So instead I replied with something I heard yesterday about President elect, Obama. I really think that some people fail to show the leader of our beloved country the proper respect that is deserving of such an honored position by indicating that we shouldn’t worry about him being president very long because what black man holds a steady job for four years. Terrible, it’s just terrible.”
2. March 1, 2010: Mary Ann Twitty forwarded the following image to Henke and Mudd.
3. April 19, 2011: Twitty forwarded the following image.
4. May 2011: Mudd forwarded the following joke to Twitty, who then forwarded it to other recipients.
“A black woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital [for] 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.'”
5. June 7, 2011: Mudd sent a photo of two dogs with the following caption.
“Last week I went to sign my dogs up for welfare. At first the lady said, ‘Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare.’ So I explained to her that my dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English, and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care. So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify. My dogs get their first check Friday. Damn, this is a great country!!”
6. December 2011: Twitty sent the following joke to Henke and Mudd, along with a third, unnamed recipient, entitled “Insensitive One-Liners.” It included the following joke.
“There’s a new Muslim clothing shop that opened in our shopping center, but they threw me out after I asked if I could look at some of the bomber jackets.”
A seventh racist e-mail message, sent in October 2011, won’t be published in this post because it contains nudity. It contains a photo of bare-chested women in tribal garb dancing, presumably in Africa. It includes the caption “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.”
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