NEWARK - A fight broke out Wednesday at an anti-violence rally held on the steps of Newark City Hall.
Community activist Salaam Ismial and members of the Essex County Anti-violence Coalition organized the rally after Newark’s 104th homicide of the year. During the rally, other community activists started to heckle Ismial while he was speaking.
The tension intensified when activist Adbul Mohammad started to speak. A man from the crowd attacked Mohammad and forced him to the ground. Other people who attended the rally had to pull the two men off each other.
The dispute seemed to stem from supporters of Mayor Ras Baraka taking issue with his critics. The rally organizers say they want to schedule a meeting with the mayor. They plan to discuss their ideas to stop the violence in Newark.
A spokesperson for Mayor Baraka’s office says that the rally was not a city-sanctioned event and declined to comment on the fight.
The Newark Police Department did not return News 12 New Jersey’s request to comment on whether they are investigating the assault at the rally.