LOS ANGELES (KNX) – Disgraced Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León returned to City Council chambers on Friday, a few days after a recall petition against the councilman had been approved. De León had not attended a council meeting since shortly after the condemnation over leaked racist audio tapes in October.
The councilman, who was part of the leaked racist tape along with then-City Council President Nury Martinez and fellow council member Gil Cedillo, entered the chambers 45 minutes after the meeting started, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Outgoing Councilmemeber Mike Bonin tweeted that he and Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Nithya Raman immediately walked out, calling him a "vile racist."
Protestors and supporters made their disapproval of his attendance known, shouting and demanding he leave the chambers.
City Council President Paul Krekorian approached de León as some of the councilmembers left the chambers. A recess was called and de León left.
“What we’re asking for y’all to do — and what we’re asking for everyone to do here in Los Angeles — is to join us to get representation that helps all of us,” a protester was heard expounding to an apparent supporter of the concilman.
While Martinez resigned, De León and Cedillo have not. De León said in an interview he would not resign from his seat because “because there is a lot of work ahead.” While he asked to be excused from meetings, his request was denied by Krekorian.
On Tuesday, a recall petition against de León was approved by the Los Angeles City Clerk.