By Leonardo Cervantes
The LAPD not investigating leaked city council recordings is an odd choice.
The LAPD has not launched an investigation because no one has filed a police report, according to the LA Times.
While no one has requested an investigation, further investigation must be taken.
Kevin De León and Gil Cedillo were caught on audio tape saying racist remarks and using disgusting stereotypes.
Who leaked the audio and why they did it remains a mystery.
California state law is a two party consent state. This makes it illegal to record a private conversation unless all parties consent to the recording.
A violation of this law is a criminal misdemeanor.
“California makes it a crime to record or eavesdrop on any confidential communication, including a private conversation or telephone call, without the consent of all parties to the conversation,” Cal. Penal Code 632.
What if the reason no one has contacted the LAPD to launch an investigation on the leaker is because they want this story to go away as soon as possible?
It’s a major deal when a council member is caught in controversy, let alone caught making racist remarks.
The council might feel like dealing with this internally instead of making it a bigger story by pursuing a public investigation.
Perhaps they want to play it slow and let more details be released before making a move.
However, a sad reality could be that the council isn’t upset at the language that was used.
Rather they are just upset that their high-profile members were caught on audio being racist.
There are many reasons as to why the audio was leaked, but who’s to say the person that leaked the audio doesn’t have an ulterior motive.
While De León and Cedillo were publicly outed for being racist scumbags, the question of why the audio was leaked still needs to be asked.
The person that leaked the audio could simply not like De León and Cedillo. The leaker might have been fed up with De León and Cedillo if that’s how they usually communicate.
Another possibility is that the person just did the morally correct thing and outed two racist people in power exposing who they truly are.
LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said the department has not received a call from a task force or any other agency requesting detectives to investigate the case, so the LAPD is not investigating.
While De León and Cedillo are yet to speak publicly they are still under fire from the public.
Black Lives Matter protestors have been camping near De León’s house demanding his resignation.
De León and Cedillo have been removed from their committee assignments.
The public, colleagues and President Joe Biden have all asked them to resign.
Acting council President Mitch O’Farrell advised them not to take part in any council functions.
“My Mission and my duty is to help this city heal and to keep it moving forward so that we can all move on from this terrible time,” O’Farrell said.