"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin went on the offensive while questioning Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for failing to "prosecute a single killing by the police" during her tenure as U.S. attorney.
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Klobuchar appeared on the popular daytime TV show Tuesday, where she talked about her presidential campaign.
During a question-and-answer session, Hostin also pushed Klobuchar on her lack of support from black voters.
"Your tough-on-crime approach when you were a county attorney in Minnesota is criticized for disproportionately harming black and brown people, and when I look at that record, you know, you failed to prosecute a single killing by the police during the eight years you headed prosecutions, and there were more than two dozen police-involved killings in that period," Hostin told Klobuchar. "How do you defend that record?"
Klobuchar responded by pointing out her support from within the black community.
"We all know there is systematic racism in this criminal justice system, there's no doubt about that," Klobuchar answered. "But there is so much more work that we have to do, and that's why when I got to the U.S. Senate, I started working on things like the First Step Act, which we passed, which has decreased the criminal penalties and allowed some nonviolent offenders to get out of prison."
Elsewhere during the exchange, Hostin asked Klobuchar about the case of Myon Burrell. Klobuchar prosecuted Burrell — who was 16 years old at the time — following the 2002 shooting death of an 11-year-old girl. Burrell is currently serving a 45-year sentence.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press published an investigation of the case posing questions as to whether Burrell was justly convicted of the fatal shooting. Throughout the process, Burrell — now 33 years old — maintained his innocence.
You can read more about the background of the case here.
Hostin, a former prosecutor herself, said the case is "one of the most flawed investigations and prosecutions that I think I have ever seen."
Pointing out a lack of gun, fingerprints, and DNA evidence, Hostin spat, "How do you defend something like that to someone like me, who is the mother of a black boy, a black teenager? This case would be my worst nightmare."
Klobuchar admitted that she believes Burrell's case should be reviewed.
"I've called for the office and the courts to review the evidence," she amended. "That's what we must do in the justice system. I've also worked extensively with the Innocence Project in my previous job, and we reviewed all the serious cases we had that involved DNA evidence."