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Report: Maxine Waters Requested Police Protection Before Pushing ‘More Confrontational’ Unrest Amid Riots

Report: Maxine Waters Requested Police Protection Before Pushing ‘More Confrontational’ Unrest Amid Riots

 


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) reportedly requested a police escort ahead of calling for unrest if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murder.

Waters requested that a police officer escort her to and from the airport before she flew from Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., to St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota, according to documents obtained by Townhall. After landing in Minnesota, Waters called on protesters to get “more confrontational” and said “we are looking for a guilty verdict.”

Waters’ comments followed days of riots in the Minneapolis area over the Chauvin trial and the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. At the time, Wright had a warrant out for his arrest for first-degree aggravated robbery related to a 2019 incident. One of the arresting officers appeared to mistake her gun for a taser before shooting Wright.

Waters appeared in Minneapolis over the weekend as the prosecution and defense in the Chauvin case prepared closing arguments for the trial. Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last year. Waters said that anything short of a guilty verdict for murder is unacceptable.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said alongside protesters over the Wright shooting. “If nothing does not happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopeful and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”

Asked what protesters should do if the verdict is anything other than guilty, Waters said: “Well, we’ve got to stay on the street. And we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Chauvin trial Judge Peter Cahill suggested that Waters’ comments could result in the “whole trial being overturned” on appeal should Chauvin be found guilty.

“Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Cahill told Chauvin’s defense attorney, responding to the attorney’s request for a mistrial.

“I’m aware that Congressman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being confrontational,” Cahill continued. “But you can submit the press articles about that. This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning. I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law, and to the judicial branch and our function.”

“I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution, to respect a co-equal branch of government,” he said. “Their failure to do so I think is abhorrent, but I don’t think it has prejudices with additional material that would prejudice history, they have been told not to watch the news. I trust they are following those instructions, and that there is not in any way a prejudice to the defendant beyond the articles that we’re talking specifically about the facts of this case. A Congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot. Anyway, so motion for mistrial is denied.”


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