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31 December 2009

Damascus City Council Member Arrested For Fighting (With Video!!!)

In the southwest Georgia city of Damascus, population 277, City Council member Gloria McMurray was arrested and charged with two counts of simple battery, two counts of simple assault and disrupting a meeting after she shoved the city clerk to the ground.

A Damascus City councilwoman is charged with assaulting council members and pushing the city clerk to the floor.

The council had called an emergency meeting to sign papers on a grant for a new city well. The issue of cost quickly escalated into an argument between Mayor Pro-Tem Gloria McMurray and councilwoman Phyllis Kraft.

And then, it got physical.

"We tried to keep them apart," said City councilman Nathaniel Thompson. He and city clerk Gloria Wynds tried holding McMurray back from Kraft. But Wynds was knocked to the floor and hit a chair on her way down.

"It sounds kinda like a cat fight," said Damascus citizen Willie Butler.

Jennings, Christian (2009-12-30). Damascus Mayor Pro-Tem arrested for fighting at meeting. WALB-TV. Retrieved on 2009-12-31.

Georgia Politics Unfiltered has obtained exclusive footage, that you won't be able to see anywhere else, of the altercation between McMurray and members of the Damascus City Council: