Los Angeles councilwoman Nury Martinez resigns following leaked audio of racist remarks

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A Los Angeles city councilwoman stepped down Wednesday following days of calls for her and two of her colleges to resign after they were caught on a leaked audio recording disparaging other city leaders and constituents with racist and offensive remarks.

Nury Martinez issued a statement saying that it was “with a broken heart” that she was leaving her post to “look inward and reflect.” Martinez stepped down as council president on Monday and announced she would be taking a leave of absence. 

Then-Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez at podium, and Mayor Eric Garcetti, standing to her right, are seen during a news conference at Los Angeles City Hall. On Wednesday, Martinez resigned from the council amid public pressure over her comments on a leaked audio recording.

Then-Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez at podium, and Mayor Eric Garcetti, standing to her right, are seen during a news conference at Los Angeles City Hall. On Wednesday, Martinez resigned from the council amid public pressure over her comments on a leaked audio recording.
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Numerous local and state leaders have called for Martinez and council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo to step down. Martinez stepped down as council president on Monday, but critics said it was not good enough.

The scandal has engulfed City Hall and prompted hundreds of people pt protest inside and outside Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Wednesday’s meeting was canceled. 

As parents of a Black child, we condemn the entirety of the recorded conversation, which displayed a repeated and vulgar anti-Black sentiment, and a coordinated effort to weaken Black political representation in Los Angeles. The conversation revealed several layers of contempt for the people of Los Angeles, and a cynical, ugly desire to divide the City rather than serve it,” 

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