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Indicted mayor of South Texas town handcuffed amid meeting

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The mayor of a remote South Texas town who faces federal corruption charges was led from a city council meeting in handcuffs late Tuesday night, after an apparent scuffle ended the gathering in pandemonium.

Mayor Ricardo Lopez was "inciting a riot" at the meeting Tuesday, Police Chief Jesus Lopez told the San Antonio Express-News. The chief is not related to the mayor, the newspaper reported.

Photographs and TV footage showed Lopez being handcuffed and put in a police car.

The incident came after Lopez and two council members were indicted in a bribery and conspiracy investigation earlier this month. The indictment accuses the town's leadership of using their positions "to enrich themselves by soliciting and accepting payments and other things of value."

One of those council members has resigned. Another faces human smuggling charges, leaving only one council member not under indictment.

"I think the whole town has gone crazy. This has never happened before," Dora Paloma, a former municipal judge, told the Express-News.