Fox News host Megyn Kelly and Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens dismissed the Department of Justice (DOJ) report on Ferguson Police Department's disproportionate targeting of blacks as a “case of bad apples.” Despite serious findings of racial bias and stereotyping in the department, Kelly called the report “problematic,” arguing that “there are very few companies in America...[where]...you won't find racist emails.”
A Department of Justice investigation into the Ferguson Police Department found that the city's “approach to law enforcement both reflects and reinforces racial bias, including stereotyping.” The report also found that the disproportionate arrests and citations of African Americans could not be explained by differences in the rate of crime committed by blacks and whites.
According to NBC News, the investigation also “highlighted seven racist emails sent by police and court employees.” CNN reported that the emails “resulted in three Ferguson, Missouri, city employees resigning or being fired,” noting:
[T]he racist emails include one sent in October 2011 that showed a photo of bare-chested dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption “Michelle Obama's High School Reunion.” A June 2011 email described a man trying to put his dogs on welfare because the canines were “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can't speak English and have no ... clue who their Daddies are.”
During the March 9 edition of her Fox News show, Kelly hosted Stephens who downplayed the DOJ's report as merely a report about traffic citations, “not a story of institutional racism.” Kelly agreed, saying it is unfair to “tar the entire organization” as racist because “there are very few companies in America, whether they are public or private” where “you won't find any racist e-mails, [or] any inappropriate comments.”