By Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/16 – 1:28 PM PDT |
LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> A high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has resigned in the wake of recent revelations that he shared “inappropriate and unprofessional” emails during his previous job as assistant police chief in Burbank, the L.A. County sheriff announced Sunday.
Tom Angel, who left his position in the Burbank Police Department last year to become chief of staff for Sheriff Jim McDonnell, came under scrutiny after the Los Angeles Times obtained emails sent by the then-Burbank police official via his department email account including off-color jokes and derogatory statements about minorities.
“This incident is one that I find deeply troubling,” McDonnell said in a written statement. “Chief Angel has offered his resignation, and I have accepted it. I thank him for his many years of service, and wish him and his family well.”
The emails that led to Angel’s resignation included insensitive comments about women, Latinos, African-Americans and Muslims.
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Greater Los Angeles area chapter, said Sunday he was relieved to hear that Angel had taken ownership of his actions.
“At a time when we as a nation are dealing with issues of police brutality, abusive power and other items that impact trust of police in general, there should be zero tolerance for those who conduct themselves in such an un-befitting manner,” Ayloush said.
He added that Angel’s resignation and McDonnell’s prompt acceptance of it, should serve as reminders to the rest of the country about the importance of respecting different communities.
McDonnell had previously stated that he was disappointed in Angel’s emails, but did not plan to discipline him, since the emails occurred while Angel was employed by Burbank police.
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