Meeting ends amid loud protests after racist sound

The leadership of the nation’s second most populous city was in a state of uncertainty on Wednesday as the Los Angeles City Council tried to reconvene amid an uproar over a recording in which one senior city officials used racist language. The meeting ended before officials could even begin to run city business as rowdy protesters drowned out officials.

What’s happening today: The LA City Council was set to meet for the second time since leaked audio revealed council speaker Nury Martinez made racist remarks and disparaged co-workers in a filing obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The demonstrators had already begun to gather in front of the town hall.

What’s in the audio: In the recording obtained by The Times, Martinez could be heard making racist statements about the child of a white council member, saying her colleague, Mike Bonin, “treated his young black son like he was an accomplice” and describing the co-worker’s son in Spanish as “like an ape.

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