California local authorities attending a Saturday seminar at a luxury hotel complex found themselves involved in a savage brawl that led at least one person to be stunned, witnesses and authorities said.
At least seven people – including elected officials in Los Angeles – appeared to be in the fray at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort and Spa, witnesses told the Los Angeles Times. The seven were "involved in an altercation and a physical battery," said to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
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The officials were meeting at a California Contract Cities Assn. seminar that organizes meetings on how to deal with public crises.
"It was a hectic scene," said a witness at the Los Angeles Times.
According to the mayor of the Chamber of Commerce, John Soria, members of the City Council of Commerce and other public officials were not clearly identified. According to the Los Angeles Times, the police tried to identify the people involved in the fight, but the opponents of the cooperation failed several times.
"I clearly want to condemn the violent behavior of the individuals who initiated these attacks," Soria said in a statement. "Once additional information is available, I intend to ask my colleagues on the council to take the measures that are required of the people representing the city of commerce." who were involved in the incident. "
Soria said that he had been told that the City Councilor of Commerce, Leonard Mendoza, and his colleague, Ivan Altamirano, had an animated conversation. When he approached, Mendoza was on the ground and Altamirano suffered a "facial wound". from behind."
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Mendoza told The Los Angeles Times that he and Altamirano were arguing before being hit in the head. He said the next thing he knew was that he was in the hospital.
"This is surely one of the things I was knocked out with a punch," he told the newspaper, adding that he did not really know who hit him.
Photos on social media seemed to show Mendoza on the floor.
None of the attackers has been identified and it is unclear whether any charges have been laid or whether the authorities plan to lay charges.