Amy Klobuchar Declined To Prosecute Officer In Floyd Case After Prior Complaints
After the death of George Floyd in police custody, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is facing scrutiny due to her prosecutorial record in Minneapolis, as she “declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force,” reported the Week.
For example, Derek Chauvin, the officer who “kneeled on Floyd’s neck,” was “involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed other people before attacking police, as well as some other undisclosed complaints.”
In 2006, Klobuchar “did not prosecute Chauvin for the first death”.
In particular,[Chauvin] was involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed other people before attacking police, as well as some other undisclosed complaints. Klobuchar did not prosecute Chauvin and other officers involved for the first death, which occurred in October 2006 while she was running for Senate. The case was under investigation when Klobuchar took office in the Senate in Jan. 2007, and later went to a grand jury, which declined to charge the officers.
In another incident where “he and other officers shot and wounded a Native American man in 2011,” he was only placed on leave.
According to The Washington Post, Klobuchar “declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police,” and instead, she “aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses" that "have been criticized for their disproportionate effect on poor and minority communities.”
As Klobuchar is currently being considered to become a possible vice presidential candidate, “that track record is being scrutinized and criticized once again.”