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Former Ferguson City Court Clerk who sent racist emails speaks out

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Former Ferguson City Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty spoke to News 4 for the first time since being fired for sending racist emails.

Twitty was fired in early March after the Justice Department investigation into the city's law enforcement practices. Two police officers, Capt. Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd, also resigned after the investigation. The investigation revealed that all three former employees sent racist emails. Twitty said she found the emails to be funny, but not because of their racial nature.

“Funny as in humor wise? Yes. Not because it was racist or biased, just funny because it was just funny jokewise,” Twitty said. “I feel bad because that's not, I don't want people to look at me and say ‘she sent those racist jokes out because she's racist or biased.' I am not.”

Twitty said she was simply doing what others in Ferguson's government were doing.

“It took me a while to get over the feeling of being raped and being thrown under the bus,” Twitty said. “I'm human, I meant nothing bad by it.”

Twitty was Ferguson's City Court Clerk for 19 years. The US Department of Justice was critical of how the court system was run, saying she boosted city revenue by setting fines. The report also alleged the city's police department was encouraged to write a lot of tickets to add to city coffers.

“That's not true. I set no fines, I just abided by them,” Twitty said.

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