CEDAR-RIVERSIDE, Minn., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Debate over who would preside over a local political caucus meeting in Minnesota on Tuesday night devolved into a physical altercation among local Democratic Party members, exciting the gathered political activists and cutting the meeting short.
Police were forced to calm the frenzied crowd and escort people from the Brian Coyle Center, a local gymnasium in Cedar-Riverside, Minn., a neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Roughly 300 people had assembled to discuss which local candidate the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the national Democratic Party, would support.
"There was an argument about who was controlling the meeting, as far as I could tell," said Scott Vreeland, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board commissioner, who told the StarTribune that he tried to break up the fight. "And then there was kind of a rush forward of folks that wanted something different."
“This is all because of misunderstanding,” Corey Day, executive director of Minnesota’s DFL party, told the Minnesota Daily.
But political infighting may have something to do with the tension, as Mohamud Noor, an elected member of the Minneapolis School Board with strong support in the Somali-American community, mounts a challenge for the seat of longtime state representative and DFL member Phyllis Kahn.
Both Noor and Kahn were in attendance, but neither were involved in the altercation.
[ StarTribune] [ Minnesota Daily]