Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Friday denied reviews that she did not get expenses introduced in opposition to the police officer concerned in George Floyd’s dying for a deadly taking pictures whereas serving as a county lawyer in 2006, calling it a flat-out “lie.”
“This concept that I one way or the other declined a case…in opposition to this officer is completely false. It’s a lie,” Klobuchar, who served as Hennepin County lawyer from 1998 to 2006, mentioned throughout an MSNBC interview.
The previous Democratic presidential candidate and potential vice presidential decide denounced the reviews she that did not get expenses introduced in opposition to Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis cop who was captured on video along with his knee on Floyd’s neck as he begged for air earlier than dying Monday, for the lethal taking pictures of one other man in 2006.
“I don’t know what else to say about it then it’s a lie,” mentioned Klobuchar, explaining that “the case was investigated.”
“That investigation continued into a time after I was already sworn into the US Senate,” she mentioned. “I by no means declined the case. It was dealt with and despatched to the grand jury by my successor.”
“The selections had been made after I was in the US Senate,” Klobuchar mentioned.
A grand jury finally determined to not charge Chauvin or different officers concerned in the 2006 taking pictures with any wrongdoing.
After being requested by reporter Andrea Mitchell about a slew of different police brutality instances that went uncharged below Klobuchar’s tenure as county lawyer, Klobuchar mentioned she now believes that the method of letting the grand jury deal with the instances “was incorrect.”
“Again after I was the county lawyer, the instances that we had involving officer involving shootings went to a grand jury. That was true in each jurisdiction throughout our state and that was true in many jurisdictions throughout the nation,” she mentioned. “I feel that was incorrect now.”
“I feel it was higher if I took the accountability and appeared on the instances and made the choice myself,” she mentioned, clarifying, “Let me make this clear — we didn’t blow off these instances.”
Klobuchar continued, “We introduced them to a grand jury, introduced the proof for a potential felony prosecution and the grand jury would come again with a resolution.”
In the course of the interview, Klobuchar mentioned “there’s systematic racism” and that “there have to be change.”
“If George Floyd’s dying has any legacy — as a result of he won’t ever be introduced again — it must be systematic change to our felony justice system in Minnesota and throughout the nation,” she mentioned.
When requested by Mitchell whether or not Klobuchar must be disqualified from consideration of Joe Biden’s vp decide based mostly on her actions throughout her time as county lawyer, Klobuchar mentioned, “That is Joe Biden’s resolution and he was a superb vp and he’s going to make the most effective resolution for him for, our nation, for the [coronavirus] pandemic and the disaster we’re going through.”
Klobuchar famous that when she was county lawyer the African American incarceration price went down by 12 %.