MPD will transfer Cedar-Riverside caucus investigation to St. Paul Police

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February 21, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Minneapolis Police Department is turning over the investigation of the unruly Cedar-Riverside caucus on Feb. 4 to the St. Paul Police Department.

Mayor Betsy Hodges asked Police Chief Janeé Harteau to transfer the inquiry to avoid potential conflicts of interest and to ensure transparency. 

“Over the past few weeks, I have been disturbed by the allegations of violence and intimidation that happened at the Cedar-Riverside caucus,” Hodges said in a prepared statement today. “... In this unusual situation, when elections and politics are involved, it is in the public interest to ensure there is an absolute level of transparency and fairness to not just those involved, but to the entire City and State. It is imperative to all that we make sure there is not an ounce of question about the impartiality of this investigation.”

A reconvened caucus  was held Wednesday night at the University of Minnesota. Proceedings went smoothly at that event.

Veteran House lawmaker Phyllis Kahn is facing competition from School Board Member Mohamud Noor for the District 60B seat.  The district includes Nicollet Island, Cedar-Riverside, neighborhoods along the riverfront and the University of Minnesota area.