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LA sheriff official forwarded offensive emails

File: Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell attributes 2014 crime reduction to better policing and community relations.
File: Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell attributes 2014 crime reduction to better policing and community relations.
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Newly released emails show Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell's chief of staff forwarded emails containing jokes mocking minorities, Muslims and women when he worked for Burbank police.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Tom Angel sent the emails between 2012 and 2013 when he was second-in-command at the Burbank Police Department. The Times obtained the emails through public records law.

The newspaper says one email joked about "blacks" and Mexicans filling jail cells. Another listed "towels for hats" for why "Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide." It also said, "You can't wash off the smell of donkey."

Angel told the Times he's sorry if he offended anyone and never intended for the emails to become public.

McDonnell says he's disappointed but has no disciplinary plans.