Police are deployed to keep peace along Florissant Avenue on Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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March 6, 2015 3:52 PM EST

Two city officials in Ferguson, Mo., have resigned after a Justice Department report highlighted racist emails sent by police and court employees, a spokesman for the city said Friday.

The officials, whose names were not immediately made public, had been placed on administrative leave. Jeff Small, a spokesman for the city, confirmed their resignations to NBC News.

The report, released earlier this week, concluded that police in Ferguson had used excessive and dangerous force and had disproportionately targeted blacks.

A white Ferguson police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August, touching off weeks of protests…

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