Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign rally in St Louis Park, Minnesota, on March 1 was canceled after demonstrators protesting the Minnesota senator’s role in the controversial prosecution of a black teen in 2002 delayed the event, local media said.
“Dozens” of protesters walked into St Louis Park High School’s gymnasium ahead of the rally to protest the conviction of Myon Burrell, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tyesha Edwards. Edwards, an 11-year-old girl, was killed by a stray bullet as she was doing homework inside her house, according to reports. Burrell is serving a life sentence for the killing.
An Associated Press investigation “uncovered new evidence and myriad inconsistencies” that have prompted an outcry for the case to be reopened. Klobuchar served as Minnesota’s Hennepin County prosecutor during Burrell’s initial conviction.
This video, filmed by a Minnesota-based activist organization, shows a gathering of protesters shouting “Free Myon” and “Black lives matter.”
Demonstrators told local media they wanted Klobuchar and other Democratic candidates to acknowledge potential issues with the investigation and free Burrell, who was 16 at the time of his arrest. There was no gun, fingerprints, or hard evidence to implicate Burrell, according to the AP investigation.
The delayed rally was then canceled after the Klobuchar campaign and protesters failed to meet with each other, both claiming that the other side backed out, according to local media.
Klobuchar announced the suspension of her campaign on March 2. Credit: @AntiwarMN via Storyful