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Here Are The Racist Emails Between Ferguson Police And Court Officials

"We shouldn't worry about him being president very long because what black man holds a steady job for four years."

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Mary Ann Twitty, an assistant court clerk at Ferguson's municipal court, was fired in March for sending emails described in the scathing Department of Justice report about racist practices in the city's police department as "derogatory, dehumanizing, and demonstrative of impermissible bias."

Rick Henke, a former Ferguson police captain, and William Mudd, a former police sergeant — both involved in the email exchanges with Twitty — resigned last month.

Their emails, obtained in full by BuzzFeed News through a public records request, include racist references to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, comparisons of racial minorities to dogs, and derogatory and bigoted jokes concerning black people and Muslims.

In this 2011 email from Mudd to Twitty, he attached a photo of two dogs and compared them to welfare recipients described as "mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can't speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are."

The joke reads: "I was devastated to find my wife was having an affair...but by turning to religion, I was soon able to come to terms with the whole thing. I converted to Islam, and we're stoning her in the morning."

The two jokes are:

"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."

"The Red Cross just knocked on my door and asked if we could contribute towards floods in Pakistan. I said we'd love to, but our garden hose only reaches to the driveway."

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