According to the Washington Post, racist emails released Friday by the city of Ferguson indicate most were sent by a former city court clerk to two police officers.
There was no indication that 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.
The unredacted versions show for the first time which employee sent which emails.
One email, sent by city clerk Mary Ann Twitty to Captain Henke and former police sergeant William Mudd, and obtained by the Washington Post, shows President Ronald Reagan holding a monkey and feeding it a bottle.
The caption underneath reads; ‘Rare photo of Ronald Reagan babysitting Barack Obama in early 1962.’
Twitty wrote at the top of that email; ‘Some of these emails just touch me more than others.’
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.
One racist email read:
Last week I went to sign my dogs up for welfare. At first the lady said, ‘Dogs are not elgible 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 clues 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 checks Friday.
Damn, this is a great country!!
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. Several of the emails focused on President Barack Obama, including one that stated he wouldn’t be in office for long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”
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.