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LA Council Chief Gives Up Title After Racial Slur in Audio

  • Nury Martinez is expected to remain a member of the council
  • She is giving up the position of council president amid furor
Nury Martinez

Nury Martinez

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Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez resigned from her role as president of the body after leaked audio revealed she made racist remarks directed at a fellow council member’s Black son, sparking a public outcry.

“I take responsibility for what I said and there are no excuses for those comments. I’m so sorry,” Martinez said in a statement on Monday. “Effective immediately I am resigning as president of the Los Angeles City Council.”