Klobuchar faces increased scrutiny over her decision to not prosecute officer who killed George Floyd

by Peter Heck · May 29th, 2020 11:39 am

Minnesota Senator and potential Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Amy Klobuchar is coming under increased scrutiny after George Floyd died in police custody.

Before being elected to the United States Senate, Klobuchar worked for eight years as the Hennepin County Attorney, handling all prosecutions in the city of Minneapolis. During that time, she made the decision not to prosecute the man responsible for Floyd's death, officer Derek Chauvin, who faced at least 10 complaints about his conduct.

In one incident, Chauvin was involved in the shooting of a man who had attacked police in 2006. After Klobuchar declined to prosecute, a grand jury later concurred with her decision. Chauvin would be placed on leave for a second shooting that occurred in 2011 involving a Native American man.

The Washington Post documented Klobuchar's record back in March, long before the furor over Floyd's death. They noted that she "declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police."

The Post also notes that Klobuchar's emphasis on "smaller offenses" disproportionately affected "poor and minority communities."


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