Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Chief-of-Staff Resigns After Racist Emails Leaked

Tom Angel allegedly composed emails that made insulting jokes toward minorities, an act the chief finds "deeply troubling."
1:33 | 05/02/16

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Now, to California tonight. Two separate police scandals, hundreds of miles apart. Police in San Francisco under fire for racist text messages sent by officers. And a top cop at the Los Angeles sheriff's department resigning. ABC's Matt Gutman tonight with what those e-mails said. Reporter: With protests against police already clanging in San Francisco, new outrage tonight over one of l.a.'s top cops mocking minorities. Among those tonight condemning the e-mails forwarded by L.A. Sheriff chief of staff Tom angel is the force's chief himself, saying, "This incident is one I find deeply troubling." In 2012 and '13, angel is a top-ranking Burbank cop, forwarded e-mails including insulting jokes about jail cells being filled with, quote, blacks and Mexicans. Obtained by the L.A. Times, many of the e-mails mocked muslims, including one saying, "You can't wash off the smell of donkey." The Muslim public affairs council calling this particularly troubling because of angel's high rank. All the sheriffs that work beneath him look to him as the standard bearer. Reporter: Last year, 19 south Florida officers centraled. Some of them creating this disturbing video. And last week in San Francisco, three officers found exchanging racist e-mails, triggering this demonstration. No one can say that they didn't know what was or wasn't acceptable in the workplace. Reporter: The L.A. Sheriff's department is now saying it will institute a new system that will allow it to randomly check officers' communications. David?

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