(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/1/16) â€“ The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for the resignation of a top Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official for sending numerous Islamophobia and racist emails.
Tom Angel, the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s chief of staff, reportedly sent offensive and derogatory emails as recently as 2013 from his Burbank Police Department work account when he was employed by that law enforcement agency. The Los Angeles Times reports that Angel appears to have circulated numerous emails that demeaned Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos, and women.
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â€œDescribing these bigoted emails as â€˜ jokesâ€™ does not excuse their content or explain why a high-ranking member of law enforcement holds such negative views of the very community he is sworn to serve and protect,â€ said CAIR-LA Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai. â€œSuch biased views may have impacted his ability to carry out his duties in the past.â€
If Tom Angel does not resign from his position, CAIR-LA calls on LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell to dismiss him from office.
Manjlai said is critical that law enforcement agencies demonstrate that bigotry and prejudice are absolutely unacceptable for everyone who serves the public. Keeping Angel in his current position will send the message that Islamophobia and xenophobia is tolerated by the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
CAIR has in the past expressed concerns about anti-Muslim material posted on social media by a number of public officials nationwide.
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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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