In a report that's expected to be released in full this week, the Justice Department concluded that Ferguson, Missouri, police relied on tickets from racially skewed traffic stops of African Americans to help balance the city's budget, and used excessive force against the city's black residents, according to the New York Times, the Associated Press, and other news outlets.
It seems the investigation also uncovered additional disturbing material that suggests a culture of racial bias among those who hold power in the city: according to the Associated Press, the report includes a 2008 message — which appears to be an attempt at humor — from a municipal email account that says President Obama wouldn't be in office long, because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."
An unnamed source told NPR that the report contains at least one more racist quip found in an email between city officials. This joke concerned a black woman who received a check from "Crime Stoppers" two weeks after her abortion.
When it comes to these remarks, and the report's findings as a whole, it's safe to say "racially tinged" is probably an understatement.
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