Arrest warrant withdrawn for Alabama city
councilor who got in fight with mayor
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[December 17, 2015]
(Reuters) - An arrest warrant for a
city councilor in Birmingham, Alabama, who was involved in a fight with
the mayor that sent both men to the hospital was withdrawn on Wednesday,
The altercation between Mayor William Bell and Councilor Marcus
Lundy, dubbed #brawlatcityhall on Twitter, took place in a back room
during a City Council meeting on Tuesday in Alabama's most populous
city, authorities said.
Police said an arrest warrant was issued for Lundy, who faced
assault charges. But the council released a statement on Wednesday
saying the warrant had been rescinded at the request of the mayor.
A statement from Lundy released by the council said he "regrets the
negative impact this entire incident has had on the City." Bell said
in a statement he was "concerned about the overall good of the city"
and therefore withdrew his complaint.
Bell told police that Lundy grabbed him from behind and put him in a
chokehold after closing a door to prevent the mayor from leaving,
according to a Birmingham police report.
The council said late on Tuesday that Lundy maintained he had been
"physically attacked" by the mayor.
A video from the council meeting captured the sound of someone
shouting: "No, no, no" in the background, according to a recording
sent to news outlets by the council.
The mayor was left with bruises on his neck and a swollen knee, the
police report said.
The mayor's office issued a short statement on Twitter on Tuesday
saying Bell had a CT scan and an MRI at a hospital.
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Lundy suffered what appeared to be bloody scratches to his leg,
according to images released by the council, which said later he had
a "deep, three-inch abrasion to his left thigh."
Details on what started the fight were not immediately available,
but the two politicians have had a testy relationship, news website
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Peter
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