Council President Nury Martinez, who rose to leadership after working for a Black city leader, faces calls to leave.
A small gathering of Los Angeles city leaders faced shame and castigation after an audio recording of racist remarks at a private gathering surfaced Sunday.
The most over the top horrifying remarks were expressed by City Council President Nury Martinez, who appeared to confirm the 2021 recording by apologizing to constituents.
She likened a colleague's child, Black and 2 years old at the time, to an animal and appeared to imply that the county's ever-evolving lead prosecutor shouldn't be upheld because he may be popular with Black Angelenos.
It had surfaced on a Reddit conversation board this month however was deleted.
The wellspring of the recording is obscure, and NBC News hasn't decided if it has been altered.
The gathering, apparently about political strategy and redistricting, was attended by Martinez and council members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, as well as Ron Herrera, the leader of the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.