In that October 2021 secretly recorded conversation, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez — while speaking with council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, and Los Angeles Labor Union President Ron Herrera — made racist remarks and slurs about various elected officials.
Martinez specifically focused on council member Mike Bonin, who is white, and Bonin’s young son, who is black. Martinez once called Bonin a “little bitch” and referred to his son as “Parece changuito‘ or ‘like a monkey’. She also said Bonin’s son misbehaved on a parade float and needed a “beat up.” But that’s just one aspect of the leak, which has sent shockwaves through City Hall and prompted widespread outrage and outrage.
The conversation focused heavily on council members’ frustration over maps proposed by the city’s 21-member redistribution commission.
It remained private for nearly a year until a record was leaked in recent days, just a month before a crucial city election. It was posted on Reddit by a now-banned user. It’s unclear who recorded the audio, who uploaded it to Reddit, and if anyone else was present.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-10/full-audio-leaked-recording-la-councilmembers-racist-comments Full audio: Key moments in leaked recording of L.A. councilmembers making racist comments