Birmingham Mayor William Bell Sent to Hospital After Office Brawl With Council Member
Birmingham council member Marcus Lundy choked Mayor William Bell during an office brawl earlier today.
Mayor William Bell (AL.com)
Chief AC Roper has confirmed a fight between Mayor William Bell and City Councilor Marcus Lundy. pic.twitter.com/ntxLvUsvh6
— Jon Paepcke (@JonWVTM13) December 15, 2015
The Mayor’s office released the police report later today.
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The mayor and council member were both taken to the hospital after the fight.
Birmingham police are investigating an altercation involving Birmingham mayor William Bell and council member Marcus Lundy that sent both men to the hospital.
Few details were immediately available, but paramedics were seen leaving the mayor’s office shortly before 11 a.m. City officials tweeted shortly after noon that Bell was undergoing a CT scan and MRI. The president of the city council shared with reporters photos that showed bloody scratches on Lundy’s leg.
“Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers,” the tweet from the city’s official account read.
Officials said the two went into a back room to talk about a consultant. The discussion became heated and the mayor tried to leave. No one else was in the room. At some point, Lundy put his hands around the mayor’s neck and tried to pull him back, squeezing and leaving marks, a source told AL.com.
It was reported Lundy said Bell talked to Regions Bank, Lundy’s employer, and said Lundy should be fired. Bell’s office denied it.