Ruh-roh. Tom Angel, the chief of staff for Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, is in hot water after a slew of racist emails he sent became public — emails sent while working as the No. 2 police official in Burbank. That’s right. This dude thought it was a good idea to spread these messages using his official work email. #InternetIlliteracy
Tom Angel is in deep you-know-what for sending racist emails using his work computer.
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is was the chief of staff for Sheriff Jim McDonnell, which made him one of the top law enforcement officials in the Los Angeles area.
Prior to joining LASD, Angel had a little side gig as the office comedian who made racist jokes while working for the Burbank Police Department.
In 2012 and 2013, Angel sent messages to staff members with jokes and derogatory terms for women, blacks, Mexicans and Muslims.
Angel BTW was hired to clean up the police department’s image of being a racist, sexist and violent law enforcement agency.
“Everybody’s got their own take on humor. This was divisive and nonproductive,” Sheriff McDonnell told The LA Times. “It’s a shame the whole thing happened at all.”
Here is one of the “jokes” that Angel sent via his work email.
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“I took my Biology exam last Friday. I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells,” Angel starts the joke. “Apparently, “Blacks” and “Mexicans” were NOT the correct answers.”
When the emails first became public, Angel offered a flippant apology that did more to anger activists than calm the growing outrage.
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“Anybody in the workplace unfortunately forwards emails from time to time that they probably shouldn’t have forwarded,” Angel told The LA Times. “I apologize if I offended anybody, but the intent was not for the public to have seen these jokes.”
“…the intent was not for the public to have seen these jokes.”
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“It is inflammatory, it is insulting,” Salam al-Marayati, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, told KABC. “And for somebody that is doing that — using public money as a chief executive in a police department on a government Listserv — I think it’s preposterous, it’s despicable.”
But, with some added pressure by activists and community leaders, LASD was forced to issued its own apology on the matter.
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This is the latest in racist message scandals rocking California police departments.
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Members of the San Francisco Police Department were found to have exchanged messages that demeaned the homeless, gay, Latino, black and low-income communities in what some would call the most liberal city in the U.S.
Let’s not forget that California’s population has become increasingly Latino.
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And 48.5 percent of the Los Angeles’ population answered as Hispanic or Latino on the U.S. Census.