Chicago officials used city email for racist jokes, Inspector General says

- Emails that have been released by Chicago’s Inspector General show racist and sexist conversations between employees of the Chicago Department of Water Management.

One of the emails, reportedly sent by water department superintendent Paul Hansen, was subject lined “Chicago Safari Tickets,” The Chicago Tribune reported on Monday.

The email message said, “If you didn’t book a Chicago Safari adventure with us this 4th of July weekend this is what you missed,” before listing the amount of people shot in various neighborhoods around the city.

Hansen reportedly then writes, “You’ll also see a lot of animals in their natural habitat,” before adding, “Remember all Chicago Safari packages include 3 deluxe ‘Harold’s Chicken’ meals a day.”

Another email written by Hansen included a picture of a “wheel barrow full of watermelons with a sign stating ‘Apply for a Credit Card. Free Watermelons,” with subject line: “U Know U Be In Da Hood,” the Tribune reported.

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