Chicago Official Mocks Violence In Black Neighborhoods

Paul Hansen reportedly joked about Fourth of July violence in Black neighborhoods by offering fake "Chicago Safari" tours.

An ousted supervisor at the Chicago city’s “scandal-plagued” water department is under fire for circulating racist emails, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Paul Hansen, who is White, reportedly mocked the deadly Fourth of July violence in Black neighborhoods by offering fake “Chicago Safari” tours, according to a new watchdog report released Monday, writes the Tribune.

The emails were sent to multiple high-ranking water department workers, the report says, and was “package during a July Fourth weekend where tourists are guaranteed a chance to observe ‘at least one kill and five crime scenes’ and also see ‘lots of animals in their natural habitat.’”

Though Hansen was not mentioned in the report the journalists were able to identify him and the second man through City Hall sources, the description of their activities and job status listed, the report says. The second man, Thomas J. Durkin, the general foreman of plumbers who resigned recently after being placed on administrative leave while under investigation, was cited for alleged anti-Muslim and anti-Black emails.

The news comes amid reports that William “Willie” Cooper, 58, and a 9-year-old boy were killed in a weekend that saw at least 10 people killed and 37 wounded across the city since Friday, according to ABC News. It also comes when a Chicago police officer was accused of owning racist domains.


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