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2020 race

Amy Klobuchar cancels Minnesota rally after protesters take over stage

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) canceled her Sunday night rally after dozens of protesters shouting "Black Lives Matter" and "Free Myon" took over the stage.

The Democratic presidential hopeful's rally was supposed to be held at a high school in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. A Klobuchar spokesperson said the campaign offered protesters a meeting with the senator "if they would leave the stage after being on stage for more than an hour. After the group initially agreed, they backed out of the agreement and we are canceling the event."

Minnesota votes on Tuesday, and Klobuchar is hoping to improve upon her sixth-place finish in Saturday's South Carolina primary. She has been fielding criticism for her part in the case of Myon Burrell, a black teenager who was convicted of murder in 2002. Burrell, now 33, was tried while Klobuchar was Hennepin County Attorney, and sentenced to life in prison.

Several people have since recanted their testimony, saying they were coerced into giving up his name, and there was never any DNA or prints connecting Burrell to the crime. In February, Klobuchar said new information in the case should be reviewed, since "what we know now was not the same as what we knew then."