Ferguson, Missouri vs Racine, Wisconsin

Posted: August 30, 2015 in The Film

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Here is a rundown of these e-mails, with all descriptions taken directly from the Justice Department’s report: Ferguson Report

1. November 2008: An e-mail said President Obama would not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

2. March 2010: An e-mail mocked African Americans through a story involving child support. One line from the e-mail read: “I be so glad that dis be my last child support payment! Month after month, year after year, all dose payments!”

3. April 2011: An e-mail depicted Obama as a chimpanzee.

4. May 2011: An e-mail said: “An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a 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 2011: An e-mail described a man seeking to obtain “welfare” for his dogs because they are “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are.”

6. October 2011: An e-mail included a photo of a group of bare-chested women dancing, seemingly in Africa, with the caption, “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.”

7. December 2011: An e-mail included jokes that are based on offensive stereotypes about Muslims.

There were other e-mails that showed “racial or ethnic bias, as well as other forms of bias,” the report states, but only these were included. The investigation did not find any suggestion that anyone involved in these e-mails were disciplined, nor were the e-mails reported or the people who sent them asked to stop. “Instead, the emails were usually forwarded along to others,” according to the report.

 

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Here is a rundown of these e-mails, with all descriptions taken directly from the Holmes vs City of Racine motion.

a. E-mail from Michelle Logan—an African-American employee of the City—to Greg Bach referencing the City as “Raysheen.”  (Stuart Decl., ¶19, Ex. DDDDDD at 12).

y. E-mail from Wisneski containing the following joke:  “[a] black guy, an illegal alien, a Muslim and a communist walk into a bar.  The bartender asks ‘What can I get you Mr. President?’”  (Id. at 21).

k. Wahlen’s e-mail to Officer Robert Purdy in which he refers to him as “Mumbai Bob” and asks “[a]re you now wearing one of those towels on your head?”  (Id. at 21).

w. E-mail from Wisneski to Helding with the subject line, “call a spade a spade.”  (Id. at 22).

h. Deposition testimony from Penny Sharp that Mayor Dickert said “These niggers need to go back to Waukegan because they are disturbing the revenue here in Racine from the lake, from our vacationers at the lake.”  (Id. at 19-20).

x. E-mail from Helding stating that the City was “turning into a Detroit.”  (Id. at 30).

aa. E-mail from Helding to Maack in which he stated “Being an official, I feel like I have to restrain on Facebook.  Here is my comment on the Gnome.  ‘They combine ghetto and trailer trash in a way that hasn’t been seen since Eminem.’”  (Id. at 21).

bb. E-mail from Wisneski to his mother concerning a bedspread for his son, stating “We will make sure that your grandson gets a nice warm bead (sic) spread.  The one he has now looks totally ghetto.”  (Id. At

21).   cc. E-mail from Wisneski stating “I have seen 2 Marcus signs, both in ghetto neighborhoods . . . .”  (Id. at 22).

r. E-mail from RPD officer David Smetana to RPD Lieutenant Macemon regarding Park 6 stating “[w]e will go ahead with the plan as we spoke of this morning including the nuisance property complaint and going after his cabaret license . . . Plan on proactive foot beats down there for the foreseeable future.”

s. E-mail from RPD officer David Smetana to Officer Wetzel stating “You may wish to check Park 6 and 2nd Time Around if Gingers is a bust.  Happy Hunting, let me know how it goes.”  (Id. at 28).

. E-mail from RPD officer Rick Geller stating “Alderperson Coe was present both nights and while happy with our efforts, has placed a target on Ginger’s as a result of the last few weekends.”  (Id. at 28).

b. Devin Sutherland’s (“Sutherland”) e-mail stating that non-white establishments on 6th Street had “not added any value to the neighborhood.”  (Id. at 6).

There were other e-mails that showed “racial or ethnic bias, as well as other forms of bias,”  “Holmes vs The City of Racine” but only these were included. There are 350 additional emails yet to be released. There was not  any suggestion that anyone involved in these e-mails were disciplined, nor were the e-mails reported or the people who sent them asked to stop. “

 

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