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Alabama Mayor Brawls With Councilman, Both Hospitalized

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 09:05 AM

An argument between Mayor William Bell and City Councilor Marcus Lundy erupted into a physical brawl on Tuesday, landing them both in the hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

CNN reported that the verbal dispute began at a routine city council meeting, and that the men agreed to leave the public venue and hash it out behind closed doors.

When the shouting became so loud it could be heard in the public chamber, the presiding member called for a recess. The argument had apparently escalated to fisticuffs, and was broken up by two of Lundy's assistants.

According to CBS News, both men were soon transported to the hospital, and treated for minor injuries. 

A police report described Mayor Bell as the victim, and police spokesman Sean Edwards said a warrant had been issued for Lundy's arrest on Tuesday night.

Bell told police he tried to leave the room three times, but Lundy allegedly closed the door before he could exit, and at one point grabbed him by the neck and put him in a chokehold.

Lundy has now been charged with third-degree assault, and faces up to one year in jail and a $6,000 fine, CNN reported.

It remains unclear what was being discussed when the backroom brawl ensued, but Bell told police the topic had changed to "personal issues" before Lundy allegedly began "cursing him and getting loud."

April Odom, Bell's spokeswoman, said that Lundy had to return the city vehicle he was driving because the law disallows council members from having them.

Council President Johnathan Austin commented on the altercation, saying, "This right here is ridiculous. We can overcome this and we can do better and we will strive to do better as a council."

One local reporter shared pictures of Bell's injuries on Twitter after the scrape.



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