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Sen. Klobuchar calling for reform to "broken" justice system

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 02, 2020 10:32 PM

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is taking a stand against criminal injustice she says African Americans continue to deal with.

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Klobuchar says the George Floyd homicide underscores the problems we have been dealing with in America throughout history.

Now she is calling for reform to a system that she says has been "broken for too long."

The world watched as George Floyd took his last breaths, and Klobuchar says Floyd's death is just the latest in a series of injustice acts to African Americans in Minneapolis, and across the country.

“The enemy we face now is racism. The enemy we face now is injustice,” Klobuchar said on the Senate Floor Tuesday afternoon.

Now she is calling on fellow senators to take action, demanding broader criminal justice reform and change to the standard for use of force.

“if there is anything that we as a US Senate can do to eliminate injustice within our justice system, we should do it, and we should do it now,” said Klobuchar. "There is systematic racism at every level of our judicial system, and that calls for systematic change,” she said.

Klobuchar says she, along with Senator Tina Smith and others are calling for an investigation into "racially discriminatory and violent policing" at the Minneapolis Police Department.

“We know that our community in Minneapolis, and across America, our African American community has seen this horror before, and has experienced injustice for far too long," said Klobuchar.

Across the border and on the other side of the aisle, Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson said in a statement: “The police action that resulted in the death of George Floyd was reprehensible and the officers involved should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." 

So while their political stances may differ, the two senators are united to take a stand against injustice, and demand justice for George Floyd and the black community.

Senator Klobuchar on Tuesday also addressed injustice within the prison system. 

She says she wants to expand post conviction sentencing reviews to make sure that sentences fit the crime.

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