Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Birmingham Mayor, City Councilman Apologize after Fight

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Birmingham Mayor, City Councilman Apologize after Fight

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BIRMINGHAM -- The mayor of Birmingham and a city councilman publicly apologized Thursday after a fight during a council meeting that left both men hospitalized with minor injuries.

Mayor William Bell and councilman Marcus Lundy were having a closed-door discussion in a room behind City Council chambers when a fight broke out Tuesday. The commotion could be heard from inside the council meeting. It's unclear exactly what led up to the scuffle.

Bell suffered bruising on the right side of his neck and swelling in his left knee, police said in a report. Council President Johnathan Austin showed reporters photos of scrapes on the back of Lundy's left leg during a news conference after the fight.

Bell accused Lundy of putting him in a choke hold and a warrant was issued for his arrest. …

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