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Sheriff Tompkins finds one way to quiet a crowd

Democrats were, in the description of their senior US senator, Elizabeth Warren, “tired” and “angry.” Yes, party faithful predictably expressed frustration at the Trump administration — but also at their own convention on Saturday, which was running hopelessly behind schedule.

Around 2:30 p.m., after the big-name speakers had long since departed, chants of “Vote! Vote!” arose from the floor of Worcester’s DCU Center. In a non-election year, the only real piece of business to be transacted at the convention was adding planks to the party platform, and they wanted to get on with it.

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Through no fault of their own, really, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, labor official and state Senate candidate Paul Feeney, and Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, bore the brunt of the disaffected delegates’ chants as they took the stage.

Tompkins went first, perhaps uniquely equipped at controlling the rambunctious crowd. He quieted the audience a little with the trappings of his office.

“I am the sheriff,” Tompkins shouted. “I will arrest all of you!”

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.
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