(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/2/16)Â â€“ The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed the resignation of the Los Angeles Sheriffâ€™s Chief of StaffÂ Tom Angel after CAIR-LA andÂ other civil rights organizations demanded his resignation for sending numerous Islamophobic and racist emails.
â€œThe Sheriffâ€™s decision to accept his chief of staffâ€™s resignation sent an important and clear message going forward that the LASD has zero tolerance for misconduct that could undermine the trust between the Department and the diverse L.A. communities that it serves,â€ said CAIR-LA Public Affairs Manager Haroon Manjlai. â€œWe support Sheriff McDonald's commitment to take actions to rebuild the trust and undo the damage by reviewing existing policies to ensure accountability and enhance cultural and ethnic sensitivity and professionalism among LASD personnel.”
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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.
CAIR has recently expressed concerns about anti-Muslim material posted on social media by a number of public officials nationwide.
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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