An aide to José Huízar has been placed on administrative leave as the LAPD investigates possible illegal recordings made inside the councilman’s El Sereno field office.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that LAPD Captain Gisselle Espinoza confirmed an investigation was launched earlier this month to look into reports of secretly videotaped activities by a city employee.
As of now, no arrests in relation to the case have been made and the name of the staffer involved and what was recorded has not been disclosed. In a statement released by the councilmember’s office, Huízar expressed “shock and anger” over the report of illegal video taping.
The investigation comes at a rough time for Huízar, who terms out in 2020, the Times said. The Councilmember is urrently defending himself against harrassment and discrimination lawsuits from two former aides. And federal investigators raided his City Hall office and his Boyle Heights home last year as part of an ongoing corruption probe.
Huízar was elected to the City Council in 2005.