Klobuchar Rally Nixed After Protest: She's 'Got to Go'

Minnesota senator still facing criticism about a murder case from 17 years ago
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2020 9:45 AM CST
Klobuchar Rally Nixed After Protest: She's 'Got to Go'
Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks at Wallace State Community College on Sunday in Selma, Ala.   (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

After a weekend in which Tom Steyer and Pete Buttigieg both dropped out of the 2020 race, Amy Klobuchar is hanging tough. But the Minnesota senator bowed out of a campaign rally in her home state at the last minute after protesters stormed the stage before it commenced, with the demonstration tied to a case Klobuchar's office oversaw while she was the chief Hennepin County attorney nearly 20 years ago, per Politico. WCCO notes that Klobuchar's rally in St. Louis Park was set to begin at 8pm Sunday, but a few dozen protesters chanting "Klobuchar has got to go" and "Black lives matter" converged upon a local high school where the event was taking place, took to the stage, and stayed put for about 40 minutes. "The campaign offered a meeting with the senator if [the protesters] would leave the stage after being on stage for more than an hour," a Klobuchar rep said.

The group agreed to that, the rep added, but the event was then nixed "after the group ... backed out of the agreement." The demonstrators, however, say it was Klobuchar's people who did a 180, per Fox News. Video circulated on social media showing the protest, in which the group also chanted "Free Myon," a reference to Myon Burrell, who was convicted as a teen in 2003 for the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl by a stray bullet. A recent AP investigation, however, found the case against Burrell, now 33, was "flawed," with "myriad inconsistencies" that "[raise] questions about whether he was railroaded by police." Burrell has insisted he's innocent and turned down all plea deals. A Klobuchar rep told the AP after its probe that she wasn't the county attorney at Burrell's second trial—he was tried and convicted twice—and that any new evidence should be reviewed by the court. (Read more Amy Klobuchar stories.)

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