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

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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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Watch the full news clip below!

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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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16 Awkward Thoughts Latinos Have When We Don't Know Whether To Shake Hands Or Kiss Hello


16 Awkward Thoughts Latinos Have When We Don’t Know Whether To Shake Hands Or Kiss Hello

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Guys, we need to talk. There’s a problem gripping Latinos across the globe, and it isn’t being discussed nearly enough:

That Awkward Moment When You Don’t Know How To Say Hello

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You’re standing there, face to face with a new person, asking yourself…

Do I Go In For A Handshake?

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Would I Seem Rude And Gringafied If I Initiate The Handshake?

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And If I Start The Handshake, Should I Be The One To End It?

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What If I Lean Forward And They Think It’s Gonna Be A Kiss?

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What If We Do That Thing Where We Shake Hands AND Kiss?

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Or What If We Become Caught Between Kisses And End Up Kissing ON THE MOUTH?


What If…

Oh God. It’s almost too horrible to even imagine, but…

What If They Try To Hug Me?!

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(Would It Be Socially Acceptable To Cry And Run Away?)

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Like, I Can’t Very Well Ask “Hi, Are You Another Latino Who Kisses Hello?”

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Or Even “Are You The ‘One And Done’ Type Of Latino, Or The ‘Sixteen Kisses On Each Cheek’ Type?”

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Why Can’t I Just Read People’s Minds?

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What If I Go In For A High Five?

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Oh God, Oh God, What If They Do One Of Those Complicated Handshakes With Multiple Moves?


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Can’t We Just Yell Out What We’re Going To Do?

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Or Wear Name Tags Stating Our Preference?

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“Hello, my name is DO NOT HUG.”

OK. Time to just dive in and hope for the best.

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READ: An Open Letter To Latinos Who Can’t Dance: You’re Not Alone, Man

Have you ever been in this awkward position? What’s your go-to tactic: Handshake? Kiss? Run away crying?

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