A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of

Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his

previous job with the Burbank Police Department, it was reported today.

Tom Angel, Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s chief of staff, sent the emails in

2012 and 2013 when he was the No. 2 police official in Burbank, hired to reform

a department reeling from allegations of police brutality, racism and sexual

harassment, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing city records.

“I took my Biology exam last Friday,” said one of the forwarded emails

obtained under the state’s public records law, according to the newspaper. “I

was asked to name two things commonly found in cells. Apparently “Blacks” and

“Mexicans” were NOT the correct answers.”

Another email 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”

Angel told The Times he did not mean to demean anyone and said it was

unfortunate his work emails could be obtained under the state’s records laws.

Asked about the “Biology exam” email making light of high incarceration rates

in some minority communities, he described himself as Mexican.

“I apologize if I offended anybody, but the intent was not for the

public to have seen these jokes,” he told the newspaper.

McDonnell told The Times he was disappointed by the emails but he had no

immediate plans to discipline Angel even though “it’s a shame the whole

thing happened at all”

After viewing the emails at the request of The Times, local Muslim civil

rights advocates criticized Angel, saying the messages perpetuate dangerous

biases that all Muslims are terrorists.

In a meeting with McDonnell and Angel on Monday, Salam Al-Marayati,

president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, sought assurances that

sheriff’s officials are not unfairly targeting Muslim communities. Angel should

be disciplined and the Sheriff’s Department should meet with community groups

and hold cultural awareness seminars for its staff, Al-Marayati said, according

to The Times