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WATCH: Scuffle breaks out after Augusta Commission meeting

Published: May. 3, 2022 at 4:08 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2022 at 5:49 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A physical dispute involving city officials and members of the public broke out Tuesday afternoon right after an Augusta Commission meeting.

The physical altercation involved Commissioner Bobby Williams, Mayor Hardie Davis and a business owner in a yellow shirt.

News 12 caught the aftermath on video.

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Witnesses said the business owner came to the meeting support the Augusta Port Authority. The authority was on the agenda because it wanted clarification about the power it has over its own budget.

During the meeting, Commissioner Catherine Smith McKnight wanted to allow authority supporters to speak at the podium, but the mayor would not allow it.

They left the meeting angry and waited in the hallway to speak to Davis.

At some point in that conversation, Davis was pulled away to walk down the hall by Williams, and that’s when things got messy.

In the confrontation, the man in the yellow shirt and Williams argued back and forth.

Williams then told the business owner to back up.

Commissioner Brandon Garrett and Davis are seen trying to break up the fight.

Witnesses said Williams pushed the man in the yellow shirt, then it got more heated.

The two were broken up by marshals and others twice before News 12 recorded video of the aftermath.

We have no word yet on whether charges will be filed, but as far as we know, there was no arrest.

There was very little resolution on what the authority came to the meeting for.

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