Los Angeles councilman, activist won't face charges over holiday fight that went viral

Councilman Kevin de León and Jason Reedy got into a fight at a Christmas toy giveaway amid calls for the councilman to resign

A Los Angeles city councilman and local activist will not face charges over a fight during a Christmas toy giveaway that was captured on video and quickly went viral. 

Los Angeles City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto declined to charge Councilman Kevin de León or Jason Reedy in connection to the Dec. 9, 2022 altercation, FOX Los Angeles reported. Fox News Digital has reached out to Soto's office. 

De León and Reedy engaged in a physical altercation during a holiday event in Lincoln Heights amid calls for the councilman to resign.  


Los Angeles Kevin de Leon

Los Angeles Councilman Kevin de León is seen in an altercation in which Jason Reedy confronted him during a December 2022 Christmas event. 

In a statement to Fox News Digital, de León said he was "very disappointed in Hydee Feldstein Soto’s decision not to prosecute Jason Reedy. He assaulted a woman on my staff, a community member, and me at a children’s Christmas toy giveaway. A week prior, he stalked multiple women on my staff at my field office late at night. This man has a clear pattern of calculated violent behavior. 

"The LAPD report clearly shows, with ample evidence and multiple witnesses, that an assault took place," he added. "Yet the city attorney chose to prioritize politics over public safety once again. By doing so she’s creating a very dangerous precedent, giving a green light to stalk and assault city employees."

Reedy told the Los Angeles Times that de León should have been charged. 


Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de Leon

Los Angeles City Council member Kevin de León sits in chamber before starting the Los Angeles City Council meeting on Oct. 11, 2022, in Los Angeles. Leon was involved in a fight with an activist at a holiday event on Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

"I'm relieved I'm not being charged as I was the one that was assaulted and attacked," said Reedy. "I am absolutely disappointed to see that the city attorney did not feel the need to charge Kevin de León, but it is what it is at this point."

Video footage of the incident shows Reedy approaching the councilman during the holiday event. As de León walks with his arms in the air, Reedy appears to be blocking him before the council shoves the activist to the floor. 

placeholderBoth men filed reports each other with the LAPD and accused one another of being the aggressor.

The incident came amid intense pressure for De León to step down. Weeks earlier, a leaked conversation was made public in which he, outgoing Councilman Gil Cedillo, then-Council President Nury Martinez and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera were in a closed-door conversation in which they made crude and racist remarks. 

All four publicly apologized and Martinez eventually resigned, as numerous elected officials, even President Biden, called on the council members to step down. De León remained defiant and has refused calls to step down.

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