REPORT: Amy Klobuchar Failed to Prosecute Officer Who Killed George Floyd in 2006
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According to a new report released by The Guardian, Democratic Senator of Minnesota Amy Klobuchar failed to prosecute police officer Derek Chauvin, the man responsible for the wrongful death of George Floyd.
A video released on Monday shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck, cutting off his airway. Chauvin has a history of malpractice considering he was also involved in a shooting and death of another man.
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Klobuchar, who then served as the Hennepin county attorney, decided not to prosecute Chauvin and the other officers involved in the shooting, leaving the case to a grand jury, which later declined to charge the officers, reports The Guardian.
Klobuchar’s office reached out to the Daily Caller to say the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) provided them with a statement that alleged the decision was made by Michael Freeman, the county attorney of Hennepin County. Freeman assumed office in 2007.
Since Floyd’s death, reports have shown a history of complaints regarding Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. Chauvin was placed on leave after his involvement in the shooting of an indigenous man in 2011, according to the Daily Beast.
Klobuchar, who is considered to be a leading candidate for the running mate of former Vice President Joe Biden, has been heavily criticized for her previous record on police violence as a prosecutor. This includes declining to bring charges in two dozen cases regarding deadly shootings from police, according to The Washington Post.
Floyd's death has sent shockwaves throughout the United States as tensions rise between the black community and the police force.
On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he had directed the FBI and Department of Justice to open up an investigation into the death of Floyd.
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”
Relatives to Floyd are speaking out, saying that the officers involved with his death should be charged with murder. “They treated him worse than they treat animals,” Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said while speaking with CNN. “They took a life — they deserve life.”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also spoke out about Floyd's death, stating that prosecutors must immediately file charges against the officer who had his knee pinned on Floyd's neck.
“I want to see a charge take place,” Frey said during a press conference. “I want to see justice for George Floyd.”
Attorney Ben Crump who is working with the family of Floyd released the following statement as well: “We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck. This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police questioning about a non-violent charge. We will seek justice for the family of George Floyd, as we demand answers from the Minnesota Police Department. How many ‘while black’ deaths will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of black lives by police finally ends?”
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