LA metropolis councilmember faces renewed scrutiny following bodily altercation with activist

Los Angeles Metropolis Councilmember Kevin de León, criticized earlier this yr for making racist feedback in dialog with different members, shoved a group organizer calling for his resignation on Friday.

Two progressive grassroots teams printed a video the place de León pushes a person onto a desk after which shoves him down a hallway.

“Disgraced Los Angeles Metropolis Councilmember Kevin De Leon JUST assaulted native organizer Jason Reedy,” RootsAction and J-City Motion and Solidarity captioned the video.

“He was caught on these racist anti-Black leaked tapes and now he’s assaulting Black people. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”

Reedy and different organizers surrounded de León, telling him to resign, earlier than the de León slipped by a door and was adopted by Reedy.

The councilmember claimed in a statement launched Saturday that Reedy “launched a pelvic thrust, adopted by a headbutt to my brow” earlier than de León retaliated. Within the video, it’s unclear what bodily interactions occurred earlier than de León pushed the activist.

“My response, in protection of myself, was to push him off me,” the councilmember, who was elected in 2020, wrote.

The councilmember additionally alleged that after the shove Reedy “struck me within the face with a closed fist, violently elbowed a feminine workers member, and injured a volunteer.”

Tapes launched in October implicated de León within the controversy that introduced down L.A. Metropolis Council President Nury Martinez after she used racist phrases to explain a Black little one.