Tom Angel, has chosen to step down as the chief of staff to Sheriff Jim McDonnell on May 1, 2016, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). McDonnell stated Angel opted to resign after it was learned that while he was with the Burbank Police Department, Angel shared anti-Muslim and racist jokes through emails while he was on the job.
In 2012 and 2013, Angel allegedly shared emails of a derogatory nature toward women, Muslims, Latinos and a multitude of other groups while he was on the job. McDonnell believes this should be treated as a learning opportunity for personnel with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. This incident serves as a reminder that no matter what efforts are taken to gain the public trust, enhance accountability and transparency, there is always still more to do.
The LASD will be putting new policies into place that will broaden cultural and ethnic sensitivities within the department and help officers to regain the trust of the public they are paid to protect, all of the members of the public. This will include audits of email accounts.
By Jeanette Smith
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