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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Releases Statement Concerning Today’s Incident

PRESS RELEASE                                                                         Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Today during Birmingham City Council’s regularly scheduled Council Meeting, an altercation between Councilor Marcus Lundy and Mayor William Bell resulted in several injuries to the Councilor. Council President Johnathan Austin addressed the media shortly following the meeting, and released this statement.

“What occurred at City Hall today is a direct reflection of the lack of respect towards the Council and unwillingness to cooperate which has been ongoing for some time now,” President Austin said. “We have worked continuously to move this city forward, and it’s a sad day when Council members are attacked while trying to do the job that they were elected to do.”

Councilor Lundy, who will press charges against Mayor Bell, has been transported to a local hospital to be checked for injuries to his thigh and legs. A picture of Councilor Lundy’s injuries can be found by clicking HERE.

More information will be forthcoming, but President Austin says that the public can be reassured that the business of the city will continue to move forward.

For media inquiries, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or