Several Los Angeles politicians were reportedly involved in a late-night brawl that took place at an upscale California resort Saturday, according to the
Los Angeles Times.
The politicians were reportedly attending a seminar on how to handle public crises.
What are the details?
Los Angeles-area government officials converged in Indian Wells to discuss public crises, according to the outlet.
A brawl broke out early Saturday morning, however, and resulted in at least one person being knocked unconscious.
The Times reported that at least seven people were involved in the fracas. A spokesperson for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department told the outlet that those seven people were “involved in an altercation and physical battery.” Police reportedly questioned the public officials, but received pushback from uncooperative witnesses.
KTLA-TV reported that authorities attempted to identify those people involved in the brawl, but noted that “none of them were cooperative.”
One eyewitness told the Times that it was a “hectic scene.”
Commerce Mayor John Soria told the Times, “I want to be clear in condemning the violent behavior from the individuals who initiated these assaults. Once additional information is available, I intend to call on my council colleagues to take appropriate action regarding any individuals that represent the City of Commerce who were involved in the incident.”
Soria explained that City of Commerce Councilman Leonard Mendoza and Mayor Pro Tem Ivan Altamirano were exchanging words at one point before the all-out brawl.
California GOP delegate Allen J. Wilson shared a disturbing image about the melee on Twitter, writing, “Update: Commerce Councilman Leonard Mendoza allegedly assaulted by Council colleague Ivan Altamirano at last night’s Contract Cities Conference in Indian Wells.”
In Wilson’s tweet, a man can be seen lying on the floor, drops of blood staining the tile floor beneath him.
Mendoza told the outlet that he was arguing with Altamirano when he was struck on the head. The next thing he knew, he was in the hospital.
“It must’ve been one of those things where I got knocked out with one punch,” Mendoza said. He insisted that he did not know who struck him.
Authorities have yet to file any charges against any potential suspects at the time of this writing. Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
On Saturday, the City of Commerce shared an official statement on the incident on Twitter.
The statement read, “The City has been made aware of reports of a confrontation between some City officials that took place outside of the City’s jurisdiction. Given that, and the fact that the City is unclear on the specifics, the City has no further comment at this time.”