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Mayor: Ferguson employees at center of racist emails no longer employed

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

In his first face-to-face interview since the Department of Justice's report on the City of Ferguson, Mayor James Knowles said three of the city's employees who had been part of the report for their racist emails in the past are no longer employed by the city.

Knowles said three city employees who were involved in the racist emails detailed in the Department of Justice's report are no longer working for Ferguson. News 4 later learned two of the employees, Captain Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd, who are both police officers, resigned. The third city employee, court clerk Mary Ann Twitty, was fired.

According to the mayor, Tom Jackson is still the Chief of Police in Ferguson. Knowles did not say if Jackson planned on stepping down.

“The chief and others are examining things in this report. We are looking at where the breakdown was again and the policies and practices and procedures that would guard against any types of civil rights violations,” Knowles said during the interview. “As the mayor of the city I am out here addressing these issues to you.”

Jackson has declined to speak to the media since the DOJ report was released.

"I'm answering the questions for you. That these are the answers. That is not the chief's job to answer that question," Knowles said.

Two candidates running for seats on the Ferguson City Council gave News 4 different answers when asked if Jackson should resign.

"No," said Ella M. Jones. "Because the chief, the mayor, and city council need some time to work on this."

Another candidate disagreed.

"I have said since September that Chief Jackson has to go and it's nothing personal," said Bob Hudgins.

The report said there was a pattern of racial bias in policing, and a court system that was more interested in raising revenue than public safety. Knowles told News 4 officers were not told to write tickets for made up offenses.

"Did I know or anybody else assume that people were pulling someone over for the sole purpose of raising revenue? No," Knowles said.

Knowles said any increases or projected increases in ticket revenue were from red light cameras, not overly aggressive ticket-writing police officers.

"That is the issue that drove our revenues much higher than they had been," Knowles said. "When red light cameras ceased, our revenue went down, but there was an expectation that we would be resuming red light camera enforcement this year."

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