Maxine Waters joined angry protesters at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on early Sunday, all breaking the 11 p.m. curfew together during the seventh night of protests against the police killing of Daunte Wright.
California Rep. Maxine Waters was on Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Saturday night. The said state has become a flashpoint for protests after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.
She joined demonstrations over the police shooting of Daunte Wright last week. A local officer shot and killed Wright with a handgun during a traffic stop after intending to use a Taser., sparking nightly demonstrations in front of the local police headquarters, with some turning violent.
Rep. Maxine Waters showed up at the protest tonight in Brooklyn Center, telling people “we’ve got to get more confrontational” and suggesting they should ignore the curfew. pic.twitter.com/4FcfhIoaJf
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“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said of the Chauvin trial. “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.”
“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,” Waters continued. “But I am very hopeful, that 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.”
The Republican California Representative ranted to angry demonstrators who had gathered to call for justice in the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. The Democratic representative from California told the Minnesota crowd that “we are looking for a guilty verdict” in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
A reporter asked if Chauvin was guilty of manslaughter, Waters reacted by saying, “Oh no, not manslaughter, this is guilty for murder. I don’t know whether it’s in the first degree, but as far as I’m concerned it’s first-degree murder.”
Waters was also asked what protesters should do if Chauvin is not found guilty of murder.
“Well, we got to stay on the street,” Waters told protesters. “And we’ve got to get more active. You’ve got to get more confrontational. You got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
Journalists who said they were assaulted and pepper-sprayed were among those detained by police, who photographed press credentials before allowing any reporters to leave.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz slammed those actions Saturday against the press as “unacceptable in every circumstance,” and promised the incidents “would be looked into,” The Star Tribune reported.
During a traffic stop on April 11, Wright was fatally shot by former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter, who claims she had intended to use a stun gun.
Potter resigned and has been charged with manslaughter.
Wright’s killing came just days before Chicago authorities released a video of the March 29 police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, sparking demonstrations and protests in that city as well.
Waters told reporters at the Saturday demonstration that “I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice, we’ve got to get justice in this country and we cannot allow these killings to continue.”
When asked what protesters should do moving forward, Waters said “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.”
Waters informed the reporters “I hope we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty,” in the Chauvin trial. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
During the attempted arrest in May 2020, Chauvin is accused of killing Floyd by pressing down on his neck and has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the case. Video of Floyd’s arrest sparked rioting in Minneapolis and across the U.S. last year, along with massive protests.