The Los Angeles City Council has voted to suspend Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas in an 11-3 vote.
One week after Ridley-Thomas was indicted on federal charges that included bribery and other counts, the LA City Council has voted to suspend him of his duties.
Ridley-Thomas currently serves as a council member for the 10th District of Los Angeles.
This 11-3 vote to suspend Ridley-Thomas comes two days following his announcement that he would "step down" from participating in City Council meetings and committees. Ridley-Thomas has denied the allegations against him and has publically stated that he will not resign from his post, as well as fight the charges against him.
Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Marqueece Harris-Dawson both voted "No". Bonin said:
“The allegations that have been made in the indictment are fresh and new. Only a week old. This council has the ability to take no action. It has the ability to censure. It has the ability to disapprove. It has the ability to suspend, and we have not spent time deliberating the full range of those,”
The next step in the process is the arraignment.
Only time will tell as to what happens next.
*This story is still developing*