Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) canceled a campaign rally Sunday evening in her home state of Minnesota after protesters demanded she drop out of the presidential race over her past handling of a case that put a Black teenager behind bars for life.

The Minnesota Democrat returned home in preparation for the Super Tuesday elections this week after she placed in a distant sixth in South Carolina’s primary on Saturday. The senator has repeatedly said that she counts on Minnesota, one of over a dozen states to vote on Tuesday, to lean in her favor.

But while Klobuchar’s campaign was getting ready to begin the rally at the St. Louis Park High School gymnasium, dozens of protesters came in calling for her to exit the race over the murky case against Myon Burrell, a Black teen convicted in a 2002 killing and sentenced to life when Klobuchar was Hennepin County’s top prosecutor.

Protesters took the stage chanting, “Klobuchar has got to go,” “Free Myon” and “Black Lives Matter” while holding signs that read “SHAME,” “Who’s [sic] son will be next” and “Conviction without evidence = corruption.” Demonstrators included members of the NAACP’s Minneapolis chapter and Black Lives Matter Twin Cities.

 

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