Klobuchar draws ire of social media for appearance at George Floyd’s memorial
The potential VP nominee was scorned for her appearance at the Minneapolis memorial
Democratic Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar’s presence at George Floyd‘s memorial service was not welcomed by those on social media.
Klobuchar has widely been seen as one of the women on the shortlist for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s VP. It’s expected that he will choose a woman and several names have been speculated upon including former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and California Senator Kamala Harris.
But her appearance at Floyd’s memorial in Minneapolis today wasn’t appreciated by observers online. They argued that the former Hennepin County prosecutor shouldn’t be there given her record on police brutality cases.
Klobuchar, who dropped out of the presidential race, was looking good for the VP nod until Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. He died during an arrest while now-former police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on his neck when he was prone and handcuffed in the street.
Video of the arrest drew worldwide outrage and has led to protests in all 50 states, some of which turned violent. All four officers involved have now been arrested and charged with crimes including murder and aiding and abetting.
Klobuchar’s record as Hennepin County prosecutor has come under fire after it was determined that she let over a dozen police officers evade prosecution in fatal shootings, during her tenure from 1999 – 2007, reports The Guardian.
In a 2006 shooting that involved Chauvin, Kloubachar, who had left the prosecutor’s office to run for Senate, was not involved in prosecuting the case. It went to the grand jury who declined to prosecute, but Klobuchar admits that allowing the cases to go to a grand jury wasn’t the best option.
Her appearance at Floyd’s memorial, one of several planned including in his hometown of Houston, Texas led to an angry response on social media regardless.
Girl bye, George Floyd will still be alive if she prosecuted and got a conviction of Chauvin back when he tried to kill another black man!! ??
— Mrs Stephanie Amoako ?????? (@MzJulesNYC) June 4, 2020
Klobuchar has a lot of nerve being at George Floyd’s funeral pic.twitter.com/nbUSb9tNXa
— I’m Black and I’m not voting for Biden (@rtyson82) June 4, 2020
Amy Klobuchar is about to fight hard to get Derek Chauvin convicted…..not because he Killed George Floyd but because he Killed her chances at getting that VP spot.
— Tony Tig #BlueMAGA Hunter ?? (@Mrtonytig) May 29, 2020
Amy Klobuchar’s responsibility for George Floyd’s death comes second only to Derek Chauvin’s.
How dare she pull up to the funeral. pic.twitter.com/55S79bIVS6
— Tired Lady (@2020Blurbs) June 4, 2020
The fact that Amy Klobuchar is at George Floyd’s funeral has me spinning. The woman who had the chance to do something to stop his murderer YEARS ago. ??♀️
— Angela (@angela36622) June 4, 2020
Why is Amy Klobuchar even at George Floyd funeral…. WHO EVEN LET HER IN wtf?!?!? pic.twitter.com/QK3JFWqoS2
— Chy : ) (@SpazzMuffins) June 4, 2020
Needless to say, Klobuchar’s VP candidacy should be over, but she hasn’t conceded it and Biden hasn’t confirmed or denied that she’s even on his shortlist. Biden is expected to announce his pick later this summer.
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