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Klobuchar Under Scrutiny Over Claims She Didn't Charge Officer Involved in Floyd's Death in 2006 Case

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. (Ron Jenkins/Getty)

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2020 10:23 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, refuses to withdraw herself from vice presidential consideration after news emerged she declined to bring charges in 2006 against the police officer charged in George Floyd's death.

“He will make that decision. He’ll decide who he’s considering,” Klobuchar said of Democratic nominee Joe Biden during an interview with MSNBC.

“It would have been much better if I took the responsibility and looked at the cases and made the decision myself. But let me make this clear, we did not blow off these cases," Klobuchar said.

Left-leaning MoveOn has called on Klobuchar to withdraw after learning she did not bring charges against Derek Chauvin, who shot and killed a man while she was the Hennepin County Attorney in 2006. 

Chauvin was also the officer seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck before he died on Monday.

"Given the role @amyklobuchar played as @Hennepin County prosecutor, including her failure to hold the @MinneapolisPD accountable for racism and abuse, she should immediately take herself out of the running to be @JoeBiden's VP," MoveOn tweeted Friday. 

Klobuchar did not charge police officers in more than two dozen officer-involved killings that occurred between 1999 to 2006 while she was Hennepin County Attorney, as she left those decisions to a grand jury, a common practice at the time, the Star-Tribune reported. 

“I will be more than talking about this. I spent the day with my community, which was the right thing to do. But these allegations are a bald-faced lie,” Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar also had a campaign event shut down in March by Black Lives Matter activists who believe she convicted an innocent 16-year-old teen in the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, refuses to withdraw herself from vice presidential consideration after news emerged she declined to bring charges in 2006 against the police officer charged in George Floyd's death.
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