Alabama City Councilman with History of Racism Arrested for Punching Black Mayor in City Hall Parking Lot

Councilman Tommy Bryant was arrested for punching Mayor Wayman Newton after a Tarrant council meeting Monday.

An Alabama city councilman with a history of using racial slurs was arrested for punching the city’s black mayor, police said.

Councilman Tommy Bryant socked Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton in the City Hall parking lot Monday after a heated meeting where the local leader challenged the mayor to hand in his resignation.

At the end of the meeting, Newton approached Bryant and Tarrant Police Chief Wendell Major as they were talking near a pick-up truck in the parking lot, surveillance footage released by the Tarrant Police Department shows.

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The three men were briefly talking when Newton and Major stepped closer to one another. Bryant initially kept his distance but then stepped forward and knocked the mayor in the head as several witnesses looked on, video shows.

“I turned around to have the mayor approach me after I was having a discussion with the councilman, the mayor approached,” Major told ABC 3340 News.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Katherine Donlevy

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