President Obama Calls Ferguson 'an Abusive and Oppressive Situation'

During the investigation, the Justice Department said it uncovered racist emails exchanged between officers.
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moment but first the latest on that Ferguson investigation from ABC's Pierre Thomas who is in Washington. Good morning, Pierre. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. Some Ferguson government employees have lost their jobs as the city reels from allegations of systemic and sometimes outright racism by the police. Ferguson's mayor acknowledged that the e-mails were racist and that the city employees which included two police officers who wrote them had to go. At this point they're all gone. Reporter: Responding to seven especiallies uncovered in the justice department investigation. Among them a photo of bare-chested women apparently in Africa with the caption, Michelle Obama's high school reunion. Of 2008 e-mail suggested president Obama would not be in office very long, saying "What black male holes a steady job for four years"? Another described the president of the United States as a chimpanzee. Those e-mails were found in a sweeping justice department investigation which accused the Ferguson police of systemic racial bias in enforcement. African-americans make up 67% of Ferguson's population. But were issued 90% of citations. Friday, Mr. Obama had harsh language for that department and suggested there may be others like it. What happened in Ferguson is not a complete aberration. One of the things that I think frustrated the people of Ferguson was this sense of, you know what, we've been putting up with this for years and now with we start talking about it everybody is pretending it's just our imaginations and it turns out they weren't just making it up. This was happening. Reporter: City officials say they'll work with the justice department to address the allegations. If they do not, the attorney general issued a threat. Could the department be dismantled. If that's what's necessary we're prepared to do that. Reporter: Mr. Obama said the overwhelming majority of police are great sub servants who make sacrifices but there are pockets that must be dealt with. Yes, Pierre, those e-mails were quite shocking. Thank you.

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