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News 2 Investigates: Racist city email

2 years ago Friday, January 18, 2013 7:55:07 PM CST January 18, 2013 Friday, January 18 2013 Jan 18, 2013 in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- A racist email distributed through government email accounts got several Department of Public Works employees suspended.

The email appeared to be a press release, but carried an offensive message about the President's new health care package.

The email read: "Effective January 1, 2013, aspirin will be heavily taxed under Obamacare. The only explanation given was that they are white and they work. No other reason was given, but I thought you'd want to know about it."

Sources tell New 2 that several employees in the Inspections Department of DPW were suspended, including at least one supervisor. 

News 2 requested names of the government employees who forwarded the email, but the Parish Attorney denied that request, claiming the emails are personal in nature and aren't subject to Public Record Laws.

The emails were sent on government email accounts, accounts paid for with tax dollars, but the Parish Attorney maintains that they do not qualify as public records.

The Parish Attorney said in a response to News 2: "It is our opinion that the content has no relation to the conduct of official business for the City/Parish and therefore is not subject to disclosure under the Public Records Law."

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