The moment in which a Los Angeles, California councilman acted in an incident that sparked controversy and put him in the eye of the storm among that city’s residents was recorded on video.
It is the politician Kevin de Leon who, according to a video published on the social network, He is seen facing another person during the year-end celebration event.
Pictures show the moment the councilor is surrounded by several participants of the meeting who chase him out of the hall, reprimand him and ask him to resign.
De Leon was reminded of a leaked audio earlier this year in which He and other members of the city council made racist comments about the black son of one of their corporation partners.
“Here is a longer version of the video showing Councilman Kevin De Leon fighting protesters in Lincoln Heights last night. (Friday),” Lewis-Olivier Ray posted on his Twitter account.
Earlier, a short video of the incident was posted by BlackLivesMatter-LA: “!Disgraced Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin De Leon Shows how violent his anti-blackness can be when he attacks our member for challenging his racism. Jason is doing fine. De Leon must go… now.”
According to the video, Councilor Jason Ready, an Afro-descendant activist, is seen pushing her against a table while she scolds him while recording it with his cell phone.
But apart from pushing him against the table, he continues the action in a corridor, but the images do not follow, so it was not known for certain what happened afterwards.
Through a statement, The Lyon councilman assured that he acted in self-defense after being headbutted by Ready.
“Once we were able to open a door and try to exit, Ready delivered a pelvic thrust, followed by a headbutt to my forehead. My reaction, in my defense, was to push him away from me. ,” They said.
in an interview with CBS Los Angeles declare “You can press charges against the person who assaulted you at a holiday celebration in Lincoln Heights.”
At the same time, Reddy’s lawyer Shakir Rahman said in a statement that His client turned the video over to the Los Angeles Police Department and reported the assault after the altercation.
“The video footage clearly shows him and his supporters launching this attack, while Mr Ready stands with his hands raised. Not only has Kevin de Leon lost all political legitimacy, but his claim that he was the man to be attacked here underscores how he has lost touch with reality,” he said.
When CNN asked him to answer the statement of Leon, who said that Redi had cut off his head, The lawyer replied that his defendant “did not initiate physical contact with anyone.”
I dismiss councilor
The councilor has been questioned since October, when audio of a conversation earlier this year surfaced and was published anonymously reddit and was received by Los Angeles Times,
Although much of the dialogue deals with the city’s redistricting commission’s proposed maps and the council members’ frustration with them, Racist comments about the Afro-descendant son of one of his fellow councilmen and Oaxacans were heard.
The publication of the audio, which caused an outcry among Los Angeles residents and even President Jose Biden, led to the resignation of Nuri Martinez, the council’s then-chairman.
After knowing the audio De Leon said at the time CNN that “that day, I did not live up to the expectations we held for our leaders, and I will hold myself to a higher standard.”
“Comments were made in the context of this meeting which are totally unwarranted; And I am sorry for condoning and even contributing to some insensitive comments made in private about a colleague and her family,” said the councillor, who has refused to resign.