A meeting of local government officials from across California dissolved into violence on Saturday, which saw at least seven people participating in the Los Angeles Times.
While law enforcement officials could not immediately determine who started the fight, Commerce, Mayor of California John Soria said in a written statement that was supported by several witnesses that participated in the fight members of the City Council for Trade and other officials were involved.
There were also reports of political advocates, government vendors, and officials selected in the Los Angeles area, some of whom attempted to end the fight.
Soria said in his statement that he had learned that the conversation between City Councilors Leonard Mendoza and Ivan Altamirano was "exalted", causing him to try to "defuse any conflict" "At that time he saw Mendoza "apparently unconscious" lying on the floor and giving Altamirano an obvious facial injury.
Mendoza told The Times that Altamirano had interrupted a conversation and asked Altamirano to step back, "I think he did not like that and it got hot and it got loud, "Mendoza told the newspaper shortly after the argument, saying he had felt a blow from behind and was waking up in the hospital, saying he did not know who hit him.
" I want that clearly condemn the violent behavior of those who initiated these attacks, "Soria said, adding that he intended to file a report and a pole izeibericht submit. "As soon as additional information becomes available, I intend to ask my fellow counterparts to take appropriate action with regard to persons representing the commercial city involved in the incident."
The city's Twitter account confirmed the incident, stating that this was the case No further comment as it was made outside the jurisdiction of the city.
Official Declaration of the City
"The city was aware of reports of an altercation between some city officials, which took place outside the jurisdiction of the city In light of this and the As the city is unclear in the details, the city at that time no further comment. "
̵1; City of Commerce (@CityOfCommerce) May 19, 2019