Ferguson Officials Suspended After DOJ Report Have Resigned, City Confirms

Ferguson Officials Suspended After DOJ Report Have Resigned, City Confirms
News from NBCNews.com:

Two Ferguson, Missouri, police officers have resigned after a Justice Department report highlighted racist emails sent by police and court employees, a spokesman for the city said Friday.

The city identified the officers late Friday as Rick Henke and William Mudd, and said they resigned Thursday. They were placed on administrative leave after the scathing Department of Justice report Wednesday.

The city also confirmed the name of an official who was fired earlier this week in connection with the emails — Mary Ann Twitty, the top court clerk. Twitty did not immediately return a call for comment from NBC News.

The Justice Department report, released earlier this week, highlighted seven racist emails sent by police and court employees.

Among them were one depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee and one mocking blacks through speech stereotypes, using a story about child support. A third described a man trying to get “welfare” for his dogs because they are “mixed in color.”

The report also concluded that police in Ferguson had used excessive and dangerous force and had disproportionately targeted blacks.

A white Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August, touching off weeks of protests……………. continues on NBCNews.com

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