Brawl breaks out outside ‘Squad’ congresswoman rally

Two protesters got into an altercation with four other men Saturday afternoon at an event at the Somerville Theater featuring progressive “Squad” congresswomen.

A video of the incident shows four men, Richard Cadigan-McCarron and Shawn Nelson, approaching protesters just after 4 p.m., before footage falls off. The second video showed a fight that included seven men punching and kicking, with Nelson sitting in the street, bleeding visibly from his head and knees.

Somerville police confirmed they had received a call about the incident and are investigating.

In addition to the abrasions, Nelson also suffered a broken toe and was taken to Cambridge Hospital by ambulance, Cadigan-McCarron said.

Protesters attended with Republican congressional candidate Donnie Palmer. Palmer said he “had to jump in to protect and defend (Nelson)” when he saw the man injured.

Nelson and Cardigan-McAllen were with another group of protesters around the theater. They were protesting “corrupt politicians,” Cadigan-McCarron said.

Palmer also called the incident a “Black-on-Black hate crime,” claiming that protesters were targeted because “they think differently.”

Some audio shows protesters discussing the “laying on of hands” of an unidentified woman.

MassGOP president Jim Lyons also described the protest as “very peaceful,” but of the incident, he said he “hopes members of the squad to come forward and condemn this type of violence.”

The event, titled “Squad Night,” marked the end of a quick tour of congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib to rally supporters in the Boston area.

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