Here is a rundown of these e-mails, with all descriptions taken directly from the Justice Department’s report: Ferguson Report
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
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.
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
7. December 2011: An e-mail included jokes that are based on offensive stereotypes about Muslims.
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.
Here is a rundown of these e-mails, with all descriptions taken directly from the Holmes vs City of Racine
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).
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. “