Alabama Mayor Withdraws Complaint After Fight at City Hall

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Alabama mayor withdraws complaint after fight at city hall.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama mayor on Wednesday withdrew his complaint against a city councilman after a fight at city hall that left both men hospitalized with minor injuries. With that in mind, I have withdrawn my complaint.” ORIGINAL: The past three weeks alone, city leaders have been at odds over many issues playing politics, which has been on public display. A video of the council meeting captures sounds of a man repeatedly shouting “No!” from outside the council chamber before the presiding member calls for a recess.

Source: WBRC video The warrant for Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy’s arrest has been withdrawn at the request of Mayor William Bell, according to the city council and an order from the Municipal Court of Birmingham. “Having been informed by the complainant that he desires the warrant to be withdrawn, it is hereby removed from active status immediately,” the order states. Councilors WIAT 42 spoke with Tuesday said this particular incident may have began at a budget meeting on Monday night about a car that was on loan to city council.

A municipal judge signed the order on Dec. 16. “We are concerned about the overall good of the city and keeping up the positive momentum that we have seen over the past several years. Bell told police he turned and tried leaving the room, but Lundy closed the door each time before grabbing him by the neck from behind and putting him in a chokehold. Two of Lundy’s assistants came into the room to break up the scuffle but refused to give interviews with police until after they spoke with legal counsel, police said. At a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new office space Wednesday morning, Austin lauded Bell’s economic development efforts and told the audience that Bell has been a great ambassador for the city although they don’t always agree on everything. Bell and Lundy were in a room behind council chambers discussing a city matter and Lundy charged at Bell and started cursing at him while discussing a personal issue, the police report said.

Mayor Bell stated at this point he let Councilman Lundy know he was no longer going to stay and listen to him,” the report says. “Mayor Bell stated he attempted to leave by opening the door two more times and each time Councilman Lundy pushed the door closed. In an interview with WBRC News, Austin said he’s spoken with Lundy since the fight happened and Lundy is in good spirits, but very disappointed that the council is having to deal with this. “The council has been subject to this type of bullying tactics that the mayor and his staff have employed over the last several years,” Austin said. Austin also accused Bell of being unwilling to work with the council and said the confrontation was likely the culmination of the deteriorating relationship. “Boys need to grow up and be men and do the job they were elected to do,” she said. “They need to sit across the table and talk about conflict resolution.” Bell, a former council member, has been mayor since 2010.

The council president said regardless of what happened on Tuesday, he wants to assure the community that “city council will continue to work together to make decisions and do what’s in the very best interest of our neighborhoods.” Editor’s note: A previous version of this story reported that Lundy turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday morning.

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