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August 18, 2017

Chicago Clout talks Racism with Frank Coconate August 18 2017

August 15, 2017

Did Alderman Burke and the Committee on Finance cause a man's suicide?

August 11, 2017

Chicago Department of Water Management demands Plumbing Inspector Retire

Chicago Water Department Plumbing Inspector.jpg City of Chicago Department of Water Management employees at the Jardine water Plant gave a sigh of relief when they found out a couple of days ago, Plumbing Inspector Johathon P. Brennan decided to retire. Mr. Brennan was allegedly subject to a one-year investigation by the Chicago Inspector General's Office. The Inspector General is a second-rate organization that drags on investigations with poor results. This might be the exception. According to video obtained by Jardine Plant security, a man with a crazy stupid look (Mike "Butch" Tierney) entered the Jardine Filtration Plant and met with Burt Resco to place Johathon on Administrative Leave. August 2, 2017. Some people like Carl Jackson and Michael Tucker could use a new Plumbing Inspector a.s.a.p. However, we know the Plumber's Local 130 must approve the new Plumbing Inspector, so it again another political assignment. This would be a good job for an injured Plumber, but insider say the position is already spoken for. It is ironic that Michael Tierney a fat union goon, was accused of taking bribes while he was the North District Superintendent, a job just held by Paul Hansen. I would not let Tierney anywhere near the Jardine Plant, but phony contracts that pay the democratic political machine must be protected. Maybe John C. D'Amico should step in when he sees Plumbing Inspectors calling receptionists "Nigger", but he has to protect his two jobs making $250,000.00 per year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he was sorry and asked media outlets to keep the story mum. I think the Mayor of Chicago needs to provide psychological services for employees now. As a City of Chicago Plumber, I would like to apologize to my fellow black employees and those that accept this behavior as normal. Alderman Burke needs to keep his clout boys under control.

August 9, 2017

Illinois Workers Compensation Video with Dr. Krupica Psychologist

Many city of Chicago employees suffer mental and physical injuries due to workplace violence and unsafe working injuries. This video will explain to people the many pitfalls of working in a dangerous environment. We explore the victims of hateful emails sent by employees of the City of Chicago and the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. Chairman Joann M. Fratianni has been asked to step in and stop insurance companies and the Chicago Committee on Finance, from stopping benefits when the consequences are so life threatening. Many factors play into forcing victims of workers compensation to have serious health issues and mental breakdowns, due to the criminal activities of lawyers sworn to protect the law. Many folks have mental issues and you need professional care. When you do hire a Licensed Professional that cares.
Disclaimer: This guest is not my doctor. I am grateful for her care towards other human being.
When you need a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, call Doctor Kathleen A. Krupica, Psy.D 4001 West Devon Ave Suite 206 Chicago Illinois 60646. She is also a witness "expert" in Workers Compensation cases. Get the care you need.

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August 4, 2017

Chicago Firefighter Robert Alamo talks to Chicago Clout and Frank Coconate

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August 1, 2017

Reginald Williams Sr. Blows whistle on CDOT, Alderman Burke, Monica Somerville and the IWCC

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July 30, 2017

Chicago Fire Department Hero exposes Racism and Hate at Chicago Fire Department

July 29, 2017

Even England wants to talk about Rahm Emanuel and his racist emails, Paul Hansen DOWM

Chicago official wrote trove of racist, homophobic emails including one 'joking' about 'safari' tour to see violence in black neighborhoods Commissioner Barrett Murphy, Managing Deputy William Bresnahan and District Superintendent Paul Hansen all lost their jobs as a result of an investigation Hansen - son of former Chicago alderman Bernie Hansen - sent racist emails to Murphy, including one with an image of a KKK member in a 'watermelon field' He also referred to workers as 'negro midgets' in another email sent to Murphy There were also emails for a 'Chicago Safari' - a tour of areas in the city that are struggling the most with gun violence - to show 'lots of animals in their habitat' The emails were found while Hansen's communications were being investigated due to reports he had used his work account to arrange the sale of four firearms The Water Department has a troubled history with racial issues and corruption By Dailymail.com Reporter PUBLISHED: 11:07 EDT, 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 EDT, 18 July 2017 One of the three senior officials forced to resign from Chicago's notorious Water Department amid an email scandal sent colleagues racist, homophobic, and otherwise offensive comments and images to his colleagues. Commissioner Barrett Murphy, Managing Deputy William Bresnahan and District Superintendent Paul Hansen all lost their jobs prior to the unsavory emails being published after an investigation by City Inspector General Joe Ferguson. Ferguson's investigation began more than eight months ago. Murphy, Bresnahan and Hansen resigned in May. The Chicago Tribune reports high-ranking officials in the department were sent emails advertising 'Chicago Safari' tours in areas of the city struggling with gun violence. The emails, according to the Tribune: 'cited the number of shootings during a July Fourth weekend and guaranteed tourists would observe "at least one kill and five crime scenes" and also see "lots of animals in their natural habitat".' Also including in the emails were many startlingly offensive images, including 'a scarecrow dressed in a KKK robe in a watermelon field and a picture of a nude woman used to celebrate "heterosexual male pride day",' ABC7 reports. The network reports Hansen - the son of former Chicago alderman Bernie Hansen - forwarded the KKK email to Murphy in July 2014 under the subject line, 'Watermelon Protection'. Racist, homophobic and otherwise offensive emails have emerged in the wake of three senior officials with Chicago's notorious Water Department being forced to resign. Commissioner Barrett Murphy (left) and Managing Deputy William Bresnahan (right) quit prior to the emails getting out Text in the email, which Hansen received from someone else, read: 'God is great, beer is good ... and people are crazy. I'm guessing this would be considered politically incorrect.' Hansen, according to ABC7, added his own note to Murphy: 'I don't understand.' The members of the department (pictured) in question were found to have shared or been sent racist, sexist, and other offensive emails The members of the department (pictured) in question were found to have shared or been sent racist, sexist, and other offensive emails The superintendent, who was earning $122,280 in his role, shared another racist email with Commissioner Murphy after a power company asked city employees to stop works near a power line. 'I think the only thing that the line does not feed is the center for the severely challenged negro midgets, you know the place, its where we hired all those laborers from 7 years ago,' Hansen wrote to Murphy, according to ABC7. The ex-alderman's son shared another racist email in April 2014, this time with Managing Deputy Bresnahan, in response to a 16-year-old boy receiving an award for an essay about physical disability, racism, royalty, sexuality, and religion. Hansen allegedly wrote to Bresnahan the boy won because his essay contained the line: '"My God", cried the Queen. "That one-legged n****r is a queer".' The Water Department is known for alleging having issues based on race, including a cuurent suit in which right employees claim they have been denied promotions and treated poorly at work as a result of their race. Pictured is the department's Eugene Sawyer facility The Water Department is known for alleging having issues based on race, including a cuurent suit in which right employees claim they have been denied promotions and treated poorly at work as a result of their race. Pictured is the department's Eugene Sawyer facility Ex-Commissioner Murphy's firing was surprising to some due to the ex-Commissioner's close ties to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel is pictured speaking in January this year +2 Ex-Commissioner Murphy's firing was surprising to some due to the ex-Commissioner's close ties to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel is pictured speaking in January this year The investigation found Hansen also received an email just week before losing his job on April 19 that showed a woman exposing her breasts, beer taps, and steak and other meats cooking on a barbecue. The text of the email read: 'To all my friends who are tired of taking a BACK SEAT to gays, lesbians, homosexuals, trans genders, women soldiers, bra burners, female boy scouts, women libbers, tree huggers and eco-commie-environ-freaks, the looney left, Greens, social justice warriors and worse of all - those fucking democrats!' Other emails contained offensive references to President Barack Obama, women, and pictures of a 'an African-American deputy commissioner... that depicted him with a gorilla face', the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Ferguson also found in his investigation Hansen used his official email to negotiate the sale of at least four firearms, according to the Tribune. The gun emails resulted in the investigation being launched, which led to the discovery of the racist and otherwise offensive materials. The Sun-Times added the department has long been known for and had a history of: 'corruption and an ugly, hate-filled culture'. Eight employees with the department have filed a suit against it claiming they have been denied promotions and treated poorly at work as a result of their race. Murphy's firing was surprising to some due to the ex-Commissioner's close ties to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was calling them, Niggers. Niggers. Hansen was promoted to superintendent just six months after he received a DUI. A police report from the 2010 incident, according to the Sun-Times, stated the alderman's son 'increased his speed to more than 75 mph in a 55 mph zone' when an officer tried to pull him over, while also 'repeatedly crossing the center line'. This was reported on Chicago Clout and youtube video.

Chicago official Paul Hansen joked about 'safari' tours in high-crime neighborhoods

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By Joshua Rhett Miller July 17, 2017 | 4:12pm
Chicago official joked about 'safari' tours in high-crime neighborhoods

A former supervisory city official in Chicago used a municipal email account to send and receive racist emails -- including one that offered "safari tickets" to see life-threatening violence committed by "animals" in crime-riddled neighborhoods, according to a watchdog report released Monday. Patrick McDonough from Chicago clout reported years ago about Paul Hansen and Water Department emails. Nothing was done.

The report by Chicago's Inspector General found that one employee from the city's Department of Water Management sent other high-ranking staffers an email with the subject line "Chicago Safari Tickets," a fake travel package to see some parts of the city live and up close.

"If you didn't book a Chicago Safari adventure with us this 4th of July weekend, this is what you missed," according to the email, which included the number of recent gunshot victims in neighborhoods like Englewood, Garfield Park and Woodlawn. "Remember all Chicago Safari packages include 3 Deluxe 'Harold's Chicken' meals a day ... We guarantee that you will see at least one kill and five crime scenes per three day tour. You'll also see lots and lots of animals in their natural habitat."

The employee was not named in the 35-page report, but the Chicago Tribune identified the former employee as Paul Hansen, a district superintendent who resigned in May after Inspector General Joseph Ferguson launched an investigation into racist and sexist emails allegedly distributed throughout the agency. The department's commissioner, Barrett Murphy, and his top deputy, William Bresnahan, also stepped down after Mayor Rahm Emanuel learned of the ongoing probe.

Hansen is also accused of sending emails to other department employees with subject lines like "Watermelon Protection," a message that contained an image of a Ku Klux Klan robe on a stick in the middle of a field of watermelons. In other emails, Hansen allegedly communicated with a high-ranking official using "purported Ebonics," sent sexually explicit photos and videos and used his city email account to negotiate purchases or sales of at least four firearms and five cars with private individuals.

"OIG does not purport to have identified all improper emails sent and received by the employee," according to the report, which noted that the employee in question subsequently resigned and has been placed on a do-not-rehire list.

A second employee from the troubled department also sent and received racist messages concerning Muslims and blacks, referring to them as "rag head cock suckers" and "wild animals," respectively, according to the report. Also "Niggers". Another message suggested that people should have tossed grenades at a black Italian politician instead of bananas, the inspector general report found.

The second, now-former employee was identified by the Chicago Tribune as Thomas Durkin, general foreman of plumbers who resigned after being placed on administrative leave in June as an investigation unfolded.

Both Hansen and Durkin could not be reached for comment, the newspaper reports.

In a statement issued in response to the report,Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the conduct found by the inspector general "does not reflect" the city's values. Paul Hansen is a close friend of mine and we must forget this happened, elections are around the corner.

"Mayor Emanuel has been clear that the conduct uncovered by the OIG's investigation does not reflect Chicago's values and will not be tolerated, which is why he acted swiftly to address the issue and bring in new leadership at the Department of Water Management," spokeswoman Shannon Breymaier told the Chicago Tribune.

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State worker retiring amid probe of racist emails in water department scandal

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A veteran state employee whose personal email address was a source of racist, sexist and anti-gay emails that circulated among bosses in the Chicago water department is retiring, state officials said.

Frank Capuzi's decision to retire effective Monday comes as the state began a review of his conduct following Tribune inquiries into offensive emails sent from his address to a high-ranking water department official and others. Among those emails was one describing a fake "Chicago Safari" adventure tour that made light of the shootings of children in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

Capuzi, an investigator with the Workers' Compensation Commission, "gave notice of his retirement" on Thursday, said commission spokesman Ben Noble.

Noble indicated that the commission's investigation was not over and said that Capuzi left on his own. "Capuzi freely exercised his right to retire," Noble said. "The commission cannot comment on an ongoing investigation. It takes seriously these allegations."

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Diana Rickert, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner, confirmed that Capuzi is leaving his state job. "We take these allegations extremely seriously, and we're not going to tolerate any type of misbehavior that we are aware of," she said.

Capuzi, 62, has worked for the state for more than four decades and makes more than $114,000 per year. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

He was a longtime GOP committeeman on the West Side, having won the 26th Ward post as recently as 2008 and the 27th Ward at least as far back as the early 1980s, according to records from the Chicago Board of Elections. He is the son of a former Republican state lawmaker, Louis Capuzi of Chicago.

Racist emails scandal moves beyond Chicago as Illinois opens investigation into state employee's role
Earlier this month, the Tribune revealed that Capuzi's AOL address was a source of emails at the center of a widening scandal in the city's water department. The "Chicago Safari" email was among at least four of the most offensive ones that circulated among water department bosses that came from Capuzi's personal email address.

Even though Capuzi did not use his government email address, ethics experts told the Tribune that this type of matter should be looked into to determine whether any violations of state law, rules or policies have occurred, including conduct unbecoming a state employee.

The Rauner administration's code of personal conduct states, in part, that employees should conduct themselves "with integrity and in a manner that reflects favorably upon the state." That code, a union bargaining agreement and the state ethics law are all part of the review, the commission said.

Racist emails show Chicago official joked about 'safari' tour to see violence in black neighborhoods
City Inspector General Joseph Ferguson uncovered a string of racist, sexist, anti-gay and anti-Muslim emails while investigating another matter in the water department. His findings led to five water department bosses being ousted, including Commissioner Barrett Murphy; his deputy, William Bresnahan; and Paul Hansen, a district superintendent and the son of former Democratic Alderman. Bernie Hansen.

The Tribune obtained nearly 1,300 water department emails from the water department via a public records request, including several emails forwarded from Capuzi's address to Hansen.

The Chicago Safari email, sent in July 2013, states that if "you didn't book a Chicago safari adventure," for the Independence Day weekend, "you missed" the shootings of a 5-year-old boy and two others in West Pullman; the shooting of a 7-year-old boy in Chatham; and the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Humboldt Park.

"We guarantee that you will see at least one kill and five crime scenes per three day tour. You'll also see lots and lots of animals in their natural habitat. Call and book your Chicago Safari today," the email reads. An image depicts four white people in safari gear taking pictures of black people trying to break into a car.

Others included a July 2014 email titled "Watermelon Protection" that included an image of a scarecrow dressed in a white KKK robe amid a watermelon patch; an April 2017 email titled "Today is Heterosexual Male Pride Day;" and a March 2014 email about an essay contest that had to include elements of religion, royalty, racism, disability and homosexuality. The "winning" essay read: "My God," cried the Queen, "That one-legged nigger is a queer." Chicago tribune Ray Long

July 28, 2017

He Gone

Goodbye Frank Capuzi. IWCC Chicago Clout. He is retiring on July 31, 2017

July 24, 2017

Frank Capuzi Illinois Workers Compensation email scandal Video

Racist emails scandal moves beyond Chicago as Illinois opens investigation into state employee's role

State officials are investigating a longtime employee whose personal email address is a source of racist, sexist and anti-gay emails at the center of the Chicago water department's burgeoning scandal, including a fake "Chicago Safari" tour making light of the shootings of children in black and Hispanic neighborhoods

The state began a review into Frank Capuzi -- an investigator with the Workers' Compensation Commission and son of a former Republican state lawmaker -- following Tribune inquiries into offensive emails forwarded from his address to a water department boss and others.

The state's actions mark the first time the email scandal has created fresh headaches for another government body.

"The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission is currently investigating the highly offensive and inexcusable email messages from one of its employees," said commission spokesman Ben Noble. "After a complete and thorough administrative review, the commission will determine what actions may be appropriate."

Capuzi hung up on a reporter and did not respond to follow-up emails sent to his work and personal addresses. He has worked for the state since 1975 and makes more than $114,000 per year.

Capuzi, 62, was a longtime GOP committeeman on the West Side, having won the 26th Ward post as recently as 2008 and the 27th Ward at least as far back as the early 1980s, according to records from the Chicago Board of Elections.

The "Chicago Safari" email was among at least four of the most offensive ones that circulated among water department bosses that came from Capuzi's personal address.

The city redacted the address in the messages released via open records requests. The Tribune through interviews and sources, confirmed it was Capuzi's personal AOL address. It is the same email address Capuzi listed in the past as a contact for his political work.

Even though Capuzi didn't use his government email address, Chad Fornoff, executive director of the state Executive Ethics Commission, said that this type of matter should be referred to the executive inspector general for investigation into whether any violations of state law, rules or policies have occurred, including conduct unbecoming a state employee.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration's code of personal conduct states, in part, that employees should conduct themselves "with integrity and in a manner that reflects favorably upon the state." That code, a union bargaining agreement and the state ethics law are all part of the review, the commission said.

The Rauner administration confirmed that the Workers' Compensation Commission had launched an investigation. The commission is a quasi-independent body with members appointed by the governor and currently has six Republicans and four Democrats. "The administration was not previously aware of these emails, and the language used is inappropriate and unacceptable," said Rauner's spokeswoman Laurel Patrick.

The revelation of how the offensive messages found their way into the water department comes amid the city inspector general's ongoing investigation into the sharing of racist, sexist and anti-gay emails among city water workers and their bosses.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's findings have led to five high-level water department bosses being ousted, including Commissioner Barrett Murphy; his deputy, William Bresnahan; and Paul Hansen, a district superintendent and the son of former Democratic Ald. Bernie Hansen (44th). The Tribune reported earlier this week that a private contract employee was caught up in the scandal and has been blocked from working on city projects.

The Tribune, under a public records request, had obtained nearly 1,300 emails from the water department, including several emails forwarded from Capuzi to Hansen.

The Tribune found that at least four offensive emails shared with Hansen and others came from Capuzi's address. The email threads include the names as "Frank Capuzi," "Frank" and "F. Capuzi."

A July 2013 email with the subject line "Chicago Safari Tickets" states that if "you didn't book a Chicago safari adventure," for the Independence Day weekend, "you missed" the shootings of a 5-year-old boy and two others in West Pullman; the shooting of a 7-year-old boy in Chatham; and the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Humboldt Park.

"We guarantee that you will see at least one kill and five crime scenes per three day tour. You'll also see lots and lots of animals in their natural habitat. Call and book your Chicago Safari today," the email reads. An image shows four white people in safari gear taking pictures of several black people trying to break into a car.

The emails states that safari guests will stay in a hotel with triple deadbolt locks and window bars, but the safari guides cannot "guarantee Bell Hops won't run off with your luggage." The safari promises the rooms will be "99% free of drug needles and crack pipes."

The Tribune on Friday obtained the Chicago safari email, uncovered as part of the inspector general's investigation, through a public records request.

Another titled "Watermelon Protection" was sent to Hansen in July 2014 and included an image that depicted a scarecrow, dressed in a white KKK robe and pointed hood, amid a watermelon patch.

Hansen, in turn, forwarded the email to Murphy. "I don't understand," Hansen wrote in the email to Murphy.

There is a March 2014 email received by "F Capuzi" then forwarded by "Frank" to Hansen with the subject line "The World's Shortest Essay -- Gotta Love the Texas School Systems."

The email contained a joke that spares few in its offensiveness. It refers to an essay contest held for Texas teens that had to include elements of religion, royalty, racism, disability and homosexuality. The "winning" essay read: "My God," cried the Queen, "That one-legged nigger is a queer."

In turn, Hansen forwarded the email to Bresnahan and two other water department bosses.

Paul Hansen was a supervisor in the water department who allegedly used his city email to negotiate firearms deals. (July 18, 2017)
An April 2017 email forwarded from Capuzi's address announces that "Today is Heterosexual Male Pride Day!" It makes that declaration after showing a series of photographs of steaks grilling, a row of beer taps and a naked woman.

The body of the email states: "To all of my friends who are tired of taking a BACK SEAT to gays, lesbians, homosexuals, trans genders, women soldiers, bra burners, female boy scouts, women libbers, tree huggers, and eco-commie-environ-freaks, the looney left, Greens, social justice warriors and worse of all -- those fucking Democrats!"

Hansen could not be reached for comment. Capuzi's boss, Robert Ruiz, said he did not know about the emails and declined to comment further.

Paul Finamore, a Chicago area businessman and longtime friend of Capuzi, was listed as receiving some of the emails and said he was appalled at the content when shown the watermelon protection and the shortest essay emails.

"Oh, my God," Finamore said after he reviewed the emails at the Tribune's request. "I don't remember seeing anything of this, to tell you the truth."

Finamore, the chief executive officer of Hairline Creations Inc., said Capuzi was a groomsman for his 1989 wedding party and that the two had hunted together.

"This man is a racist," Finamore said. "You've got to know this guy. He's a good, good guy."

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July 22, 2017

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Paul Hansen 7208 West Olive Rooting out more City Hall racists: Taxpayers funded this orgy of prejudice

It started with a complaint that a Chicago water department superintendent was using a city email address to conduct private firearms transactions. The inspector general's investigation turned up a lot more. Besides negotiating to buy or sell four guns and five cars, Paul Hansen traded racist emails with other supervisors and visited websites not related to his job -- some containing sexually explicit materials -- on "thousands of occasions" in a four-month period.

On city email, on a city computer, on city time.

He also forwarded a confidential workplace violence complaint filed by a subordinate to the employee accused in the complaint, according to IG Joseph Ferguson's report.

The top bosses who were looped in on some of those emails didn't put a stop to them. Sometimes they even joined in. Photos of naked women, jokes about fucking watermelon, a picture of an African-American baby in a bucket described as a swimming pool, a message with the subject line "U Know U Be In Da Hood" -- it was all just another day at the office at the Department of Water Management.
A trove of emails obtained earlier by the Tribune contained more of the same: a Confederate flag, a reference to "negro midgets," a crude joke about an employee needing "an inflatable doughnut on the chair" after a Gay Pride weekend. It's the kind of stuff you'd expect from fourth-grade boys with pigs for parents. And it was all happening on your dime, taxpayers.

Here's the other outrage: Nobody is surprised. The water department is larded with workers that somebody sent. In 2006, the department was the focus of a federal corruption trial that showed how then-Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration rewarded campaign workers with jobs, promotions and overtime. Daley's patronage chief, Robert Sorich, maintained the secret "clout list," rigged interviews and falsified documents to grease the hires.

In one of the emails, Hansen, the son of ex-44th Ward Ald. Bernie Hansen, bragged about his ability to "swing elections."

"The water department has been staffed at its highest levels by persons whose social or political connections were their chief or only qualification for the job," Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th, chairman of the City Council's black caucus, said this week. "The emails have exposed that these individuals hold black Chicagoans in contempt."

The good news is that Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn't having it. He's made a clean sweep of top management, including Water Commissioner Barrett Murphy, a personal friend.

Hansen and Thomas Durkin, general foreman of plumbers, were told to quit or be fired. Both quit. (The IG's report didn't name them, but Tribune reporters identified them through City Hall sources.) Others should follow. Managers and supervisors will undergo training about workplace discrimination, and an outside firm is studying how to address and prevent such conduct citywide.

That's all good. If this is how the bosses behave, then bigots at all levels are emboldened, and workers who are offended or victimized feel they have no recourse. The city needs to make sure its employees feel safe -- and obligated -- to report such behavior. That means providing the mechanisms and the training to make it happen.

Changing the culture also means aggressively rooting out the bad actors, and we suspect there are many more. Yet the IG's report notes that its access to emails is limited by city law department protocols. The IG "must submit requests for emails using limiting search terms and date ranges" and must reduce its request if it gets too many hits, the report says.

As journalists, we're familiar with such roadblocks; they're meant to keep us from reporting things that would embarrass public officials. What purpose could they serve in this case? The law department ought to remove those barriers and let the investigation go as far and as fast as it can.

In a federal lawsuit filed last month, a group of African-American water department employees say they were denied promotions, subjected to racial slurs and sexually harassed because of their race, and that their bosses "have done nothing" about it.

The city should pull out all the stops to address those complaints. Too many people at the water department got their jobs for the wrong reasons and never had to worry about losing them. They ought to be nervous now.