L.A. police investigating legality of city council recording
Los Angeles police said Tueaday detectives are investigating whether leaked audio of city council members' racist remarks was recorded illegally, AP reports.
What they're saying: "The department has initiated a criminal investigation into an allegation of eavesdropping,” Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday, per AP.
- Moore said the group of politicians heard on the call — then-Council President Nury Martinez, Council members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León and then-Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera — approached the police department about opening a probe.
Worth noting: Martinez and Herrera have since resigned from their positions.
- Cedillo and de León have not resigned, but acting Los Angeles City Council President Mitch O’Farrell has removed them from their committee chairmanships and assignments.
The big picture: The audio recording, which was published by the Los Angeles Times, threw the city into turmoil weeks before Election Day.
- California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) announced after the leak that his office will investigate Los Angeles redistricting in light of the politicians' discussion about the need to consolidate Latino power.