FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Former Ferguson Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty is speaking out about her termination. Twitty was fired by the City of Ferguson shortly after the Department of Justice released its report critical of Ferguson Police and the city’s municipal courts.
“I feel like I was the sacrificial lamb,” said Twitty. “I was a very good employee.”
We’ve reported about the specific emails that were shared between Twitty’s work computer and the computers of two Ferguson police supervisors.
When asked why she shouldn’t be fired over those emails, Twitty responded, “Yes that is racist, but they were jokes.”
The emails were sent between 2008 and 2011.
“I mean no harm to anyone or anybody,” said Twitty. “I didn’t send them out because I was racist, because I’m not.”
Twitty says earlier this year she recommended two African-American job candidates be hired. She says they were hired.
“They were more qualified for the job than the four white girls. I just want to run my court and it ran good.”
Twitty believes her firing had more to do with public pressure than her ability to do her job
“They ruined my life for the sake of what was going on in Ferguson,” said Twitty. “I think it’s sickening. It’s really upset me.”
“Don’t look at me like I’m a bad person,” said Twitty. “I’m not, and a lot of people know that I’m not.”
Many of the e-mails are posted below. Readers may find some of the images and language in the messages to be very offensive. Can’t see them on your mobile device? Click here.