Black Lives Matter stormed the stage and disrupted Amy Kloubachar’s rally in Minnesota. They disagree with the way she handled the Myon Burrell case who was convicted of murder.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar canceled a homecoming campaign rally in Minnesota on Sunday night after protesters took over the stage in a high school gym where she hoped to rev up supporters.
Several dozen protesters took the stage at St. Louis Park High School with chants including “Black Lives Matter” and “Free Myon,” in reference to the case of Myon Burrell, a black teenager who was convicted of murder while Klobuchar was Hennepin County Attorney and who maintains his innocence.
Meanwhile, music played and supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate milled in the gymnasium, holding campaign signs. About 40 minutes after the scheduled 8 p.m. start time, the rally was canceled.
“They have known about these allegations. Her supporters haven’t held her accountable. Sometimes this is the price you pay,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong, a community activist with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We wanted somebody to acknowledge Myon Burrell on the stage, and who he is – so that the people didn’t just think that we were out here protesting for nothing. And they denied it,” said Leslie Redmond, president of the Minneapolis NAACP.
Klobuchar campaign manager Justin Buoen said the campaign “had negotiations, and had an agreement with the organizers of the protest to meet with the senator on-site. She was in the room, ready to meet with them, and then they changed the terms.”
He said Klobuchar has agreed to meet with the family of Myon Burrell and the organizers of the protest at some point in the future. Klobuchar has previously called for a fresh review of the case.