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Mayor Ends Up Leaving in Handcuffs After Tense Confrontation With Angry Citizens


The mayor of Crystal City, Texas was arrested Tuesday evening – again.

Mayor Ricardo Lopez was arrested Tuesday evening. Image source: KENS-TV.

The mayor of Crystal City, Texas, was arrested Tuesday evening – again.

Mayor Ricardo Lopez became angry and argued with police at a City Council meeting after claiming that a woman bumped into him, according to KENS-TV.

KSAT-TV reported that Lopez was charged with resisting arrest and Crystal City police are determining whether to additionally charge “him with assault and hindering proceedings by disorderly conduct.”

Lopez was indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges earlier this month.

In addition to the mayor, several other city officials are facing bribery charges, and many residents are calling for them to be removed from office.

According to KSAT, one councilman, Marco Rodriguez, has been indicted in a separate incident for allegedly smuggling immigrants in the country illegally.

Confronted by angry residents at Tuesday's meeting, Lopez claimed that he had a document at home proving that he has five days to resign, he left the meeting – followed by a police vehicle – claiming that he would bring the document back with him.

Upon his return, he pushed a woman and police arrested him, according to KSAT. The meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday evening.

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