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Caucus melee probe sent to St. Paul

February 22, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police are taking over a Minneapolis police investigation into a melee that broke out at a DFL party caucus earlier this month.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges asked Police Chief Janee Harteau (juh-NAY' har-TOH') to transfer the investigation to avoid any perception of potential conflict of interest.

Hodges says she's disturbed by allegations of violence and intimidation that happened at the caucus in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Minnesota Public Radio News ( ) reports at least one woman, Minneapolis City Council aide Ilhan Omar, was injured in the scuffle at the Brian Coyle Community Center on Feb. 4.

The caucus had drawn a crowd because of a challenge to longtime DFL state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. Many showed up to support Minneapolis School Board member Mohamud Noor.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,



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