Moment Louisiana Mayor Kesia Lemoine clashes with another woman during council ... trends now
A Louisiana mayor is under fire for launching into an altercation with a local resident at a council meeting.
Video shows Elton Mayor Kesia Lemoine locked heads with an unidentified woman who she later argued with her inside a meeting room.
The footage show Lemoine walking out of the room while yelling at the woman before being held back by other citizens.
Footage then shows the woman screaming at Lemoine, saying: 'Keep your f****** hands off of me.'
She is also heard saying that she wants to press charges on Lemoine in the video while a group of people try to keep the pair apart.
Eventually, a police officer escorts the woman out of city hall while she continues to yell at Lemoine.
Elton Mayor Kesia Lemoine is seen getting into a fight with an unidentified woman after arguing with her inside the meeting room on video
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Footage shows the other woman screaming at Lemoine and saying: 'Keep your f****** hands off of me!'
Later, Lemoine allegedly hit a cellphone being used to record the incident out of the hands of onlooker Heidi Newell. According to the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office, Lemoine has been cited for battery.
Newell described the incident as 'utter chaos'.
'I was videoing like we normally do because of situations and she basically turned around, hit me in the chest and knocked my phone out of my hand,' Newell said.
Newell, a former town employee, said Lemoine unexpectedly fired her from her job but she continues attending council meetings. She also said the mayor mostly addresses questions or concerns with hostility.
'It's time that somebody that is going to do right by the town and be honest about every situation and not go behind people's back to be in office now,' Newell said.
She is also heard saying that she wants to press charges on Lemoine in the video while a group of people try to keep the pair apart
Eventually, a police officer escorts the woman out of city hall while she continues to yell at Lemoine
Lemoine hit Heidi Newell's cell phone out of her hand while she was recording the video of the argument. According to the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office, she has been cited for battery
According to KPLC, the meeting began with the goal to discuss this month's budget.
The atmosphere became tense when the meeting moved to the topic of grants.
During the discussion Lemoine was asked if Carl Capone, identified as a grant writer, should be asked about available funding.
A woman, presumably the one seen arguing in the video with Lemoine, then asked if Capone was fired from the grant writer job.
Mayor Lemoine was heard replying: 'We're talking about the budget, you way off on something else. We are on the budget. You out of order. You say something else, we're gonna escort you out. We're talking about the budget.'
The council asked if anyone knew if Capone was fired. Ultimately, Lemoine tells the room that Capone left the department because two people 'lied to him'.
The mayor then asks the woman who inquired about Capone's firing about her motives for