Amy Klobuchar’s record scrutinized for not prosecuting officer at center of George Floyd’s death

Amy Klobuchar may have to kiss that VP pick goodbye.

The Minnesota Senator’s record has been scrutinized in the past few days as people learned she once had a chance to prosecute Derek Chauvin, the police officer who was seen in the video with his knees on George Floyd’s neck.

In 2006, Klobuchar served as a county attorney during an incident Chauvin was involved in where he shot a man who brandished a weapon in front of police officers. The case did not go before a grand jury until after Klobuchar had left the office to run for Senate and the officers were not charged with anything.

Despite calls that she should take herself out of the running for Biden’s vice presidential pick, Klobuchar has refused, saying he will make the right choice.

“I have said repeatedly when I was county attorney, cases we had involving officer-involved shootings went to a grand jury-I think that was wrong, now. It would have been much better if I took responsibility & looked at cases & made a decision myself,” Klobuchar said.

The Hennepin County attorney’s office said she left the office a few months after the incident and that she had no involvement in the case.

In a statement, the Hennepin County attorney’s office¬†said: “Sen. Klobuchar’s last day in the office here was December 31 2006, and she had no involvement in the prosecution of this case at all.”

 

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