A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official, who was brought in to “reform a department reeling from allegations of police brutality as well as racism and sexual harassment,” has resigned amid the discovery of racist text he forwarded, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Tom Angel, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell‘s chief of staff, sent the emails in 2012 and 2013 when he was the No. 2 police official in Burbank, California, the report says:
“I took my Biology exam last Friday,” said one of the forwarded emails, which were obtained under the state’s public records law. “I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells. Apparently ‘Blacks’ and ‘Mexicans’ were NOT the correct answers.”
Another email ridiculed concerns about the racial profiling of Muslims as terrorism suspects. A third included the subject line, “How dumb is dumb?” and listed 20 reasons “Muslim Terrorists are so quick to commit suicide,” including “Towels for hats,” “Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower” and “You can’t wash off the smell of donkey.”
In an interview, Angel told The Times he did not mean to embarrass or demean anyone and said it was unfortunate that his work emails could be obtained by the public under the state’s records laws. Asked about the “Biology exam” email, which made light of high incarceration rates in some minority communities, he described himself as Mexican.
He said, “I apologize if I offended anybody, but the intent was not for the public to have seen these jokes,” the Times writes.