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A Los Angeles County Sheriffs Officer Has Resigned Because To His Racist Email Jokes

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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Angel 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.

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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.

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“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.

Let this serve as a warning that it is no longer acceptable to hate on Latinos no matter what your job or rank is.

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READ: This Top Latina Athlete Is Refusing To Run For Her College Until It Fixes Its Racism Problem

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Another day, another tragic COVID-19 related death. On November 3rd, a Los Angeles comedian Joe “El Cholo” Luna passed away from the coronavirus.

Throughout his battle with COVID-19, Luna documented his struggle through social media.

Just two days before he passed away, Luna posted a video on Instagram chronicling his COVID-19 journey. He shared the video with his followers for “educational purposes”. In the video, Luna got extremely candid about the realities of the deadly illness.

“Let me tell you, man, when I would hear people talk about what COVID did to them, I always said to myself, ‘You know what? I doubt it’s that bad’,” he says in the video. “I’ll tell you guys right now, I’ve been putting up a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life for the last week or so, man. This COVID shit is no joke.”

Luna described his symptoms: losing his taste and smell, fainting, having trouble breathing, fevers, chills, chest pains. He also contracted pneumonia. At one point, he even lost consciousness.

Luna explained that he had been discharged from the hospital a few days ago simply to be taken back to the hospital via an ambulance. “I ended up passing out,” he said in the clip.

He also revealed that his mother, his girlfriend, and his children had tested positive for the virus. His mother was also hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Luna was a diabetic and had previously lost both of his legs due to the disease. According to him, COVID-19 hit him especially hard due to his preexisting conditions.

Luna’s family and community mourn the loss of a vibrant man who had been full of humor and light when he was alive.

“We are currently all mourning him because not only was he a great son, dad, hubby but also a best friend to many of us,” wrote Blanca Castro on his GoFundMe page.

She continued: “He fought hard after losing both legs to stay ok. He fought hard with the everyday pain. He was my comedian superhero. Even when he was hurting he managed to put a smile on our faces.”

Because of his father’s bright spirit, his family insists on celebrating his death the way he would have wanted: with humor. “For his funeral, he doesn’t want anyone crying so we’re going to put together a show because that’s what he would have wanted,” said his son, Jose Talavera, to Fox 11 News. “He wanted people to be laughing and having fun,” said Talavera.

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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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President-elect Joe Biden is currently putting together his cabinet. People have celebrated his choices so far byt Angelenos are taking to the streets in anger over one: Mayor Eric Garcetti. Protesters are highlighting Mayor Garcetti’s résumé when it comes to homelessness in Los Angeles.

#BlockGarcetti protests have filled LA streets for the past seven days.

Protesters are urging the President-elect Joe Biden not to appoint LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to his cabinet. The mayor was floated as potentials for the Department of Housing and Urban Development or Department of Transportation. On both counts, protesters claim that Mayor Garcetti has been a failure to the city.

On Thanksgiving Day, protesters chanted outside of Mayor Garcetti’s home. Two protesters were arrested after police declared the protest an unlawful assembly.

Protesters are pointing to Mayor Garcetti’s record on homelessness in the city as the biggest disqualifier for the position.

Black Lives Matter is responsible for the unrelenting demonstrations against LA’s mayor. They have organized daily protests to bring attention to the climbing death toll of homelessness in the City of Angels.

Homelessness has been a major issue in Los Angeles. In 2017, General Dogon protested Mayor Garcetti in person. The homelessness activist was given an award by the mayor and he took the opportunity to call out Mayor Garcetti for his homelessness track record. Dogon reminded those watching of Mayor Garcetti’s lack of work on Skid Row, a strip of downtown LA notorious for homelessness.

The pandemic has exacerbated the homeless crisis in LA.

Americans are facing mass evictions as the economy continues to suffer and no federal plan has offered rent forgiveness. Unemployment remains high as the virus continues to rage in the U.S. Los Angeles County recently went back into a three-week lockdown to stop the rampant spread of Covid.

Covid numbers in Los Angeles have been spiking drastically. Cases have tripled and hospitalizations are increasing rapidly. On Nov. 19, the county reported more than 5,000 cases of the virus.

After seven days of protest, the demonstrations seem to be going strong.

Covid restrictions in the county have pushed people back to their homes with little more to do than scroll social media. With the new restrictions, people are free to demonstrate against the possibility of Mayor Garcetti joining the Biden administration.

READ: Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Budget Cut To LAPD But Critics Say It Isn’t Near Enough

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