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The complaint follows accusations of two Kahn supporters attacking a political opponent on Saturday at the Riverside Plaza apartments. Minneapolis police cited Halima Elmi and Deqa Adan for fifth-degree assault of Marian Hersi, who is campaigning for Noor. Adan’s older brother is the ward’s council member, Abdi Warsame, who also supports Kahn.
Hersi declined to speak about the incident Monday, saying that she would wait until the police investigation was over and that she was busy knocking on doors for Noor.
Warsame said Adan was coming home from work and “had nothing to do with this.” He added that the officers — who, like all the participants, were Somali-American — did not question his sister, but took Hersi’s word.
Kevin Short, an attorney for Elmi and Adan, said that they had been falsely accused and that he would ask the city to dismiss the misdemeanor charges.
“In the Somali community, if you are supporting Phyllis Kahn as opposed to the other candidate, you are in a minority. … They have been harassed to no end as a result,” he said.
Staff writer Randy Furst contributed to this report.
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