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Minneapolis mayor denies she flashed gang sign

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges on Friday denied a report by a local television station that she flashed a gang sign with a community organizer in a photograph taken during a recent get-out-the-vote event.

Hodges was going door-to-door in North Minneapolis on Saturday for a local organization when she and community organizer Navell Gordon were photographed pointing at each other, said the mayor’s spokeswoman, Kate Brickman.

Local ABC affiliate KSTP obtained the photo and reported that the mayor was making a gang sign with Gordon, a convicted felon. Brickman denied that claim.

“Mayor Hodges was pointing at Mr. Gordon,” Brickman said, adding that the office would not comment further.

Gordon was convicted of selling and possessing drugs and illegal possession of a firearm and is on probation until 2016, the TV station reported.

“It was a diverse group, including people who have made mistakes in their past,” Hodges said.


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