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The Latest: Minneapolis police won’t investigate Ellison

October 3, 2018

In this Sept. 14, 2018 photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is shown in Minneapolis. A Minnesota prosecutor says he'll review allegations of domestic abuse against Ellison only if a formal complaint is first investigated by law enforcement. An ex-girlfriend of Ellison, Karen Monahan, alleges the Democratic congressman dragged her off a bed by her feet in 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Democratic party’s request to have law enforcement investigate domestic abuse allegations against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The Minneapolis Police Department says it won’t investigate allegations of domestic abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison due to a conflict of interest.

State Democratic officials asked law enforcement to investigate after an attorney with links to the party found the allegations were unsubstantiated.

Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, alleged in August that the Democratic congressman dragged her off a bed by her feet and screamed obscenities at her in 2016. Ellison has denied the allegations.

Minneapolis police say they won’t handle the case due to a conflict, or an appearance of a conflict of interest.

The department is talking with other law enforcement agencies to see where they might refer the case.

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12 p.m.

The Minnesota Democratic party is asking Minneapolis police to investigate allegations of domestic abuse against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

The move comes after an attorney with links to the Democratic Party found that allegations by Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, were unsubstantiated . Monahan alleged in August that the Democratic congressman dragged her off a bed by her feet and screamed obscenities at her in 2016.

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor party sought a review by law enforcement, but a prosecutor said Tuesday that he’d review the case only if police investigated first .

The DFL forwarded the case to police Wednesday, saying they want police to determine whether a crime was committed.

Ellison, a deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has denied the allegation. He is running for Minnesota attorney general.

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