U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Appeared at an anti-police protest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Saturday night, claiming protesters should “stay on the streets,” demanding justice until police reform. the police become a reality.
“I will fight with all those who stand up for justice,” Waters told reporters shortly before the 11pm curfew. “We need to get justice in this country and we cannot allow these killings to continue.”
When asked about the Derek Chauvin murder trial in Minneapolis, Waters told reporters that if the former cop was not convicted of the murder of George Floyd, “We have to stay on the streets and we have to be more active, we We have to become more confrontational. We have to make sure they know we are serious. “
“We have to become more confrontational. We have to make sure they know we are serious.”
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Waters said she “hoped” that Chauvin would be convicted of murder, but if he wasn’t, “we can’t go.”
“We have to fight for justice,” she added, saying she was pushing for a police reform bill to pass in Congress, but said Republicans would likely stand in the way.
She reportedly said she plans to stay in Minnesota until Monday, when final arguments are expected in the Chauvin trial, according to New York Times reporter Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs.
“This is a very difficult time in the history of this country,” Waters, 82, a congressman since 1991, told The Associated Press. “We need to let people know that we will only be happy if we get justice in these cases.”
As reporters gathered around her, Waters said protesters ultimately had to go to the polls for candidates who aligned with their views.
“The way to take control is not to let them win,” Waters said of political opponents in comments broadcast on FOX 9 in Minneapolis. “You have to register and you have to vote and you have to take power.”
“The way to take control is not to allow them to win. … You have to take power.”
Chauvin is accused of killing Floyd on May 25, 2020, by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. Defense witnesses spoke of Floyd’s health problems and drug use as other possible causes.
Among others who appeared at the Brooklyn Center on Saturday included Reverend Jesse Jackson. Crowds were protesting for the seventh night in a row against the fatal police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop last Sunday.
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In the clashes, demonstrators threw objects at the police. Police arrested more than 100 people on Friday, but it was not clear whether any arrests were taking place on Saturday.
The officer who allegedly killed Wright, identified as Kim Potter, resigned last week, as did the Brooklyn Center police chief. Potter claimed that she accidentally grabbed his gun instead of a stun gun and shot Wright with the gun. She faces charges of manslaughter.
Waters reportedly left the protest shortly before the curfew went into effect. A small crowd remained defiant after the curfew began.