Former Los Angeles Mayor’s Chief of Staff Eric Garcetti called the city’s Black Lives Matter chapter “boring,” according to leaked emails, according to a report.
In an October 2016 email, Ana Guerrero – who still plays an advisory role for Garcetti’s office – wrote that people praising the mayor were “not as boring as BLM, but getting closer”. , reported Vice. The Black Lives Matter movement and its anti-police protests gained traction in 2016, following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively.
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Garcetti’s office responded to the leaked emails on Thursday, saying it would speak to any staff members who made inappropriate comments, Vice reported.
“The Mayor and his staff have always approached the conversation about racial justice in a thoughtful way with the goal of bringing people together to bring about change. This is one of the most emotionally charged and sensitive issues we face. are facing, and there have been painful moments of disagreement that have included situations where our staff have been verbally abused in person and online in the course of their work,” Garcetti’s office said in a statement, reported. Vice.
The office added, “These deeply personal and challenging times have not deterred us from pursuing an unprecedented justice agenda that includes investing millions in reimagining public safety, a reparations commission, and a participatory budgeting pilot project. which specifically confronts the legacy of institutional racism in our city.”
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Guerrero was furloughed last summer and eventually removed as chief of staff after making controversial comments on social media. She returned as a strategic advisor in the fall. She earns more than $248,000 a year, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
“I will continue to face and learn from my mistakes and regain the confidence that I lost,” Guerrero said in November when she returned to work.