Leaked Racist Conversation Leads To Two Los Angeles Officials Resigning

A leaked audio recording of three members of the Los Angeles City Council and a leader of a major union has forced three apologies, one resignation, and the Council’s President to step down from her post.

Ron Herrera, the L.A. Labor Federation head, has resigned because of the leaked audio. According to KTLA in Los Angeles, Herrera attempted to keep the meeting on track at times and was the “least explosive” of the four people recorded.

Herrera was the first to resign from his post as a result of the conversation and, in a statement, apologized for his “failure to stand up to racist and anti-black remarks.”

L.A. Council President Nury Martinez can be heard making numerous offensive and racist comments about fellow councilman Mike Bonin and his adopted son.

Bonin is white and his son is black and during the recording, you can hear Martinez describe Bonin’s son as “ese changuito” or “that little monkey.” Martinez also refers to Bonin as a “little bitch.” According to KTLA, Martinez was referring to Bonin and his son’s participation in a parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr where she thought Bonin’s son almost destroyed a float because of his behavior. She also accused Bonin of raising his son like “a little white kid.”

Rather than resigning from the council, Martinez has stepped down as president while keeping her position on the council in general. She released an apology that reads, “In a moment of intense frustration and anger, I let the situation get the best of me and I hold myself accountable for these comments. For that I am sorry.”

At the end of Martinez’s “apology” she also states that her past work on the council “speaks for itself.” According to Fox News, some of that past work includes introducing “a motion to cut the funding of the Los Angeles Police Department, praising the Black Lives Matter-backed proposal as ‘one small step to end racism.’”

In 2021, the year after Martinez introduced the motion to cut funding to the L.A. police department, every measure of reported violent crimes went up, and almost all of them increased significantly.

Bonin also released a statement that reads, “We love our son, a beautiful, joyful child, and our family is hurting today. No child should ever be subjected to such racist, mean and dehumanizing comments, especially from a public official. It hurts that one of our son’s earliest encounters with overt racism comes from some of the most powerful public officials in Los Angeles.”