Los Angeles City Council meeting ends as protesters shut down officials over racist recording: live updates

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Leadership behind the second most populous city in the country was in a continued state of uncertainty Wednesday as Los Angeles’ City Council attempted to meet again amid uproar over a recording where one of the city’s top officials used racist language. The meeting ended before officials could even begin conducting city business as rowdy protesters drowned out officials.

What’s happening today: The LA City Council is set to meet for the second time since leaked audio revealed the council’s president, Nury Martinez, was heard making racist remarks and disparaging colleagues in a file obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Protestors have already begun to gather outside city hall.

What’s in the audio: In the recording obtained by The Times, Martinez could be heard making racist statements about a white councilmember’s child, saying her colleague — Mike Bonin — “handled his young Black son as though he were an accessory” and describing the colleague’s son in Spanish as “like a monkey.” 

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