Excerpted from the Western Journal:
…Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has now been put on the hot seat for her actions that some have said led to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes in Minneapolis this week.
The senator used to be in charge of prosecution for the city on Minneapolis when she served as Hennepin County attorney prior to becoming a senator.
When she was in that position she declined to prosecute many police officers who were accused of using excessive force, including the officer who has been blamed for Floyd’s death, The Guardian reported.
During his 19-year career as a Minneapolis police officer, Derick Chauvin, who was fired on Tuesday, had at least 10 conduct complaints filed against him, according to a database documenting those complaints.
In one, he was involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed multiple victims before attacking police. Klobuchar refused to prosecute him.
Chauvin was also involved in the nonfatal shooting of a Native American man in 2011, for which he was placed on administrative leave, as WCCO-TV originally reported.
Whatever her reason, the Democratic senator allowed multiple police officers to go unprosecuted when complaints were made against them, as The Washington Postreported in March.
According to The Post, Klobuchar “declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police.”
However, she also “aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses such as vandalism and routinely sought longer-than-recommended sentences, including for minors.”
“Such prosecutions, done with the aim of curbing more serious crimes, have had mixed results and have been criticized for their disproportionate effect on poor and minority communities.”