Former Los Angeles city council president Nury Martinez said that defunding the police is a “step” toward ending racism, reports Fox News.
Martinez said that funds should be cut, saying
“Today we [introduced] a motion to cut funding to the LAPD, as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & the #BlackLivesMatter call that we all support to end racism,” Martinez said.
Today we intrdcd a motion to cut funding to the LAPD, as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & the #BlackLivesMatter call that we all support to end racism. This is just one small step. We cannot talk about change, we have to be about change. pic.twitter.com/hR1tBAqwHP
— Nury Martinez (@CD6Nury) June 3, 2020
“This is just one small step,” she said in 2020. “We cannot talk about change, we have to be about change.”
The disgraced former council president was made to resign from her role on Monday after audio was released that contained her racist remarks with a colleague. The audio reveals that she made comments directed at another colleague’s black son.
The conversation took place between herself, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León and L.A. County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Martinez said another city council member’s son, Mike Bonin, who is white and has a black child, said that they used their son as an “accessory.”
“They’re raising him like a little White kid,” Martinez said in the audio. “I was like, ‘This kid needs a beatdown. Let me take him around the corner, and then I’ll bring him back.”‘
Martinez also called Bonin’s son “that little monkey” in Spanish.
De Leon also compared Bonin’s parenting to “when Nury brings her little yard bag or the Louis Vuitton bag.”
Martinez said in a Monday statement, “I am resigning as President of the Los Angeles City Council.”
“I take responsibility for what I said and there are no excuses for those comments. I am so sorry,” Martinez said in another apology statement.
“I sincerely apologize to the people I hurt with my words: to my colleagues, their families, especially to Mike, Sean and your son. As a mother, I know better and I am sorry. I am truly ashamed. I know this is the result of my own actions. I am sorry to your entire family for putting you through this.”
“As someone who believes deeply in the empowerment of communities of color, I recognized my comments undercut that goal. Going forward, reconciliation will be my priority. I have already reached out to many of my Black colleagues and other Black leaders to express regret in order for us to heal,” she continued. “I ask for forgiveness from my colleagues and from the residents of this city that I love so much. In the end, it is not my apologies that matter most; it will be that actions I take from this day forward. I hope that you will give me the opportunity to make amends.”