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Amy Klobuchar is criticized for not prosecuting cop in George Floyd death in 2006 fatal shooting

Amy Klobuchar’s record as a prosecutor has come under fire after the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week as the Democratic Minnesota senator is on Joe Biden‘s list of potential vice presidents to run with him in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. 

While Klobuchar has condemned the slaying, she allowed another case involving the same cop who fatally shot Floyd, Derek Chauvin, to be handled by a grand jury, rather than take on the charges herself. 

Chauvin was among six officers who shot and killed Wayne Reyes, 42, in 2006 after the man allegedly pointed a gun at cops. The grand jury found that the use of force was justified.

Amy Klobuchar's record as a prosecutor has come under fire after the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week. The senator is pictured in Las Vegas in April

Amy Klobuchar's record as a prosecutor has come under fire after the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week. The senator is pictured in Las Vegas in April

Amy Klobuchar’s record as a prosecutor has come under fire after the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week. The senator is pictured in Las Vegas in April

Klobuchar's record as a prosecutor is being questioned as as the democratic senator is on Joe Biden's list of potential vice presidents to run with him in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Biden is pictured in a mask during a Memorial Day service this past weekend

Klobuchar's record as a prosecutor is being questioned as as the democratic senator is on Joe Biden's list of potential vice presidents to run with him in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Biden is pictured in a mask during a Memorial Day service this past weekend

Klobuchar’s record as a prosecutor is being questioned as as the democratic senator is on Joe Biden’s list of potential vice presidents to run with him in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Biden is pictured in a mask during a Memorial Day service this past weekend

While Amy Klobuchar has condemned the slaying of George Floyd, she allowed another case involving the same cop in the fatal shooting, Derek Chauvin (pictured), to be handled by a grand jury, rather than take on the charges herself

While Amy Klobuchar has condemned the slaying of George Floyd, she allowed another case involving the same cop in the fatal shooting, Derek Chauvin (pictured), to be handled by a grand jury, rather than take on the charges herself

While Amy Klobuchar has condemned the slaying of George Floyd, she allowed another case involving the same cop in the fatal shooting, Derek Chauvin (pictured), to be handled by a grand jury, rather than take on the charges herself

Chauvin was among six officers who shot and killed Wayne Reyes, 42, (pictured) in 2006 after the man allegedly pointed a gun at cops. A grand jury found that the use of force was justified

Chauvin was among six officers who shot and killed Wayne Reyes, 42, (pictured) in 2006 after the man allegedly pointed a gun at cops. A grand jury found that the use of force was justified

Chauvin was among six officers who shot and killed Wayne Reyes, 42, (pictured) in 2006 after the man allegedly pointed a gun at cops. A grand jury found that the use of force was justified

There were more than two dozen cases involving police-involved fatalities that were not charged by Klobuchar during her tenure as a prosecutor. Those matters again were left to a grand jury, which was a common practice, reports the StarTribune

Biden has remained mum, so far, on who he will pick as his running mate. He has promised to pick a woman. 

However, he also has been under pressure to pick a candidate who will resonate with black voters. 

Klobuchar, a former Democratic candidate for the presidency herself, was perceived as not making that connection effectively after her prosecutorial record in Hennepin Count was criticized after several police-involved shootings.

‘We need to close the enthusiasm gap that Biden currently faces. We need to have a VP pick that expands the capacity of the campaign to reach these key audiences. Black women are key. Brown women are key. And Klobuchar does not do that,’ Aimee Allison, president of political group She the People tells the StarTribune.

Allison had organized the first presidential forum focused on women of color, the news outlet reports. 

Biden has remained mum, so far, on who he will pick as his running mate. He has promised to pick a woman. The presidential candidate is pictured on the debate stage in Washington

Biden has remained mum, so far, on who he will pick as his running mate. He has promised to pick a woman. The presidential candidate is pictured on the debate stage in Washington

Biden has remained mum, so far, on who he will pick as his running mate. He has promised to pick a woman. The presidential candidate is pictured on the debate stage in Washington

Among the criticisms that came online was a tweet from Lacy Johnson, a Republican-endorsed black candidate running against Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who asked in a tweet why Chauvin was not prosecuted. 

Klobuchar had already faced skepticism over her qualifications to be Biden’s vice president before Floyd’s death. 

Critics said she may not appeal to the left enough to help beat President Donald Trump, and especially after the backlash she drew over the conviction of Myron Burrell.

Among the criticisms that came online was a tweet from Lacy Johnson, a Republican-endorsed black candidate running against Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who asked in a tweet why Chauvin was not prosecuted

Among the criticisms that came online was a tweet from Lacy Johnson, a Republican-endorsed black candidate running against Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who asked in a tweet why Chauvin was not prosecuted

Among the criticisms that came online was a tweet from Lacy Johnson, a Republican-endorsed black candidate running against Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who asked in a tweet why Chauvin was not prosecuted

Questions have been raised over the case that got Burrell, a black man, a life sentence for the slaying of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002. 

The young girl was killed by a stray bullet while doing homework at her dining room table.  

Several black activist groups from Minnesota asked Klobuchar to drop out of the race over revelations that Burrell may have been wrongly convicted.

Questions have been raised over the case that got Myron Burrell, a black man, a life sentence for the slaying of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002

Questions have been raised over the case that got Myron Burrell, a black man, a life sentence for the slaying of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002

Questions have been raised over the case that got Myron Burrell, a black man, a life sentence for the slaying of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002

Klobuchar had prosecuted the case.

When asked about it on Fox News earlier this year while she was still running to become the Democratic presidential nominee, she dodged the question. 

Klobuchar then said, ‘I didn’t know about this new evidence. No, I didn’t know about this new evidence until I saw this report,’ she said of an Associated Press investigation of the case. 

”I couldn’t have. I haven’t been in the office for 12 years.’ 

The gravestone of Tyesha Edwards, 11, who was fatally shot in 2002 by a stray bullet allegedly shot by Myron Burrell, now serving a life sentence

The gravestone of Tyesha Edwards, 11, who was fatally shot in 2002 by a stray bullet allegedly shot by Myron Burrell, now serving a life sentence

The gravestone of Tyesha Edwards, 11, who was fatally shot in 2002 by a stray bullet allegedly shot by Myron Burrell, now serving a life sentence

Source: dailymail US

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