Sarasota City Commissioner involved in Christmas Eve fight
Kyle Scott Battie. Image via Facebook

Kyle Scott Battie
Kyle Scott Battie won election in November.

A city official in Florida was involved in a fight outside a bar on Christmas Eve, a newspaper reported Monday.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Sarasota City Commissioner Kyle Scott Battie was attacked by multiple men after a verbal dispute.

The newspaper obtained smartphone video that shows the 52-year-old commissioner being placed in a headlock and punched several times. A photo later shows him lying on the sidewalk with his arms by his side.

In a written statement to police, Battie, said he was walking back into a restaurant when he saw his friend in an argument with one of the suspects. Battie said he removed his jacket before being struck by one of the men.

Battie told an officer that was all he remembered of the altercation. Police are still investigating.

Battie in November defeated long-time Sarasota City Commissioner Willie Shaw and was sworn into office shortly after.

Associated Press


  • DisplacedCTYankee

    December 29, 2020 at 11:14 am

    That’s what you get for being Black in Sarasota.

  • Sunny Gravy

    December 29, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    He’s no Mike Tyson. Should stick to Politics

  • Palmer Tom

    December 29, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    According to this account, he was an innocent bystander.

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