Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Los Angeles councilman involved in lawsuit with activist

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — A Los Angeles City Council member who was embroiled in a row over racist remarks assaulted a worker during a holiday event Friday. The Los Angeles Times reported that the activist and Kevin de Leon had an altercation at a gift-giving and Christmas tree lighting event in Lincoln Park.

Hours earlier, de León attended his first city council meeting in nearly two months, following the release of a recording in October of former council president Nuri Martinez, outgoing councilman Gil Cedillo, de León himself and a union leader. came to the fore, in which he participated. In a meeting behind closed doors and where racist language was used to mock colleagues, participants made plans to protect Latino political force in district councils.

Martinez resigned, Cedillo lost the election in June and his last day in office is Monday. De León apologized and said he had no intention of resigning.

De León said in a statement to the newspaper that he was attacked on Friday night, while activists confirm that the councilor was the attacker.

The newspaper reported that two local activist organizations, RootsAction and J-Town Action and Solidarity, posted a video on Twitter that shows part of the incident between de Leon and a man identified as town council organizer Jason Ready. .

De Leon’s office said Ready and other activists acted inappropriately. De Leon spokesman Pete Brown said Ready headbutted a councilman, elbowed a member of his staff in the face and injured a volunteer’s hand, The Times reported.

Lyon’s statement to The Times said she and others were attacked by self-proclaimed activists during a community Christmas event “to the anguish of a group of families and children who were there to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree”. There was a violent and physical assault.” Get toys and food.

“The escalating rhetoric is reaching a fever pitch, moving from verbal threats to actual acts of violence, and must be stopped before more serious damage or loss of life occurs,” the statement said. “Violence is not free speech and has no place in politics or a democracy.”

Shakir Rahman, an attorney representing Ready, called de Leon “disrespectful” in a Friday statement sent to the newspaper.

Rahman said, “It is clear from the video recording that he and his supporters started the attack while Mr. Ready was downstairs.” “Kevin de Leon not only lost all his political legitimacy; His claim that he was attacked only emphasizes that he has lost touch with reality.”

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