- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says one police department employee was fired and two others are on administrative leave over racist emails uncovered in a Justice Department investigation into the city’s law enforcement practices.

Knowles’ comments at a press conference Wednesday were the first response from city leaders to the federal investigation that found systemic racial bias in law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Knowles read a brief statement but did not take questions. Police Chief Tom Jackson did not attend.

The Justice Department report said police work was focused on generating revenue from black residents from fines and fees, rather than protecting the community.

In a separate report released at the same time, the Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, the white former officer who fatally shot Mike Brown in August.

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