Dershowitz: Rep. Waters’ incendiary comments ‘borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan’


Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz recently compared inflammatory and inciteful rhetoric from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to tactics utilized by the Ku Klux Klan.

Waters, as Law Enforcement Today previously reported, traveled to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to join with demonstrators on April 17 who were protesting the apparent accidental shooting of Daunte Wright by former officer Kim Potter.

Speaking on camera there, Waters also addressed the Chauvin trial, asserting that “we cannot go away” if Chauvin is not found guilty by the jury.

She added:

“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.”

After Waters made these comments, Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, moved for a mistrial, telling Judge Peter Cahill:

“An elected official, a United States Congressperson, was making what I interpreted to be and what I think are reasonably interpreted to be, threats against the sanctity of the jury process, threatening and intimidating a jury, demanding that if there’s not a guilty verdict that there would be further problems, Your Honor.”

Cahill denied the mistrial, though he did express a wish for “elected officials to stop talking about this case.”

Professor Alan Dershowitz addressed Waters’ inflammatory and inciteful statements on Newsmax’s Stinchfield on Tuesday, April 20.

Dershowitz first told host Grant Stinchfield that he thought the judge should have declared a mistrial, based on Waters’ apparent attempt to sway the jury.

He said:

“First of all, the judge should have granted the motion for a mistrial, based on the efforts of Congresswoman Waters to influence the jury.”

Dershowitz added:

“Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury: 

“‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you.’”

Apparently referring to a pig’s head and pig’s blood that was recently left at the former home of an expert defense witness, he continued:

“‘We will do what happened to the witness — blood on their door.’ 

“This was an attempt to intimidate the jury.”

Dershowitz went on to compare Waters’ tactics to the KKK, saying:

“It’s borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930s and 1920s when the Klan would march outside of courthouses and threatened all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dared convict a white person or acquit a black person.” 

He added:

“And so, efforts to intimidate a jury should result in a mistrial, but the judge, of course, wouldn’t grant a mistrial because then he’d be responsible for the riots that would ensue, even though it was Waters who was responsible.”

The professor went on to speculate that there would be a manslaughter conviction, followed by an appeal.

He told Stinchfield:

“And so now, if there is a conviction, and I think there will be a conviction, at least on the manslaughter charge, the issue will go to the Court of Appeals.

 “And will the Court of Appeals have the courage to reverse this conviction on the ground … that the jury was subjected to intimidation tactics, not only by Waters but by others as well who threatened violence in the event of an acquittal or a lesser charge than murder.”

Judge Cahill has also publicly speculated on a potential appeals process in light of Waters’ incendiary comments.

According to CNN, he told defense attorney Eric Nelson on Monday, April 19:

“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”

Also appearing on Tuesday’s Stinchfield was former Trump adviser Dr. Sebastian Gorka, who agreed with Dershowitz’s characterization of Waters’ tactics as reminiscent of the KKK.

He told Stinchfield:

“Well, I think Professor Dershowitz is exactly on the money….

“And I’m so glad he used the comparison of the Ku Klux Klan.” 

He added:

“Let’s remember, the Ku Klux Klan was an offshoot, the armed wing, of the Democrat party.  It was created in the South, by Democrats, to intimidate, to use violence and, in many cases, to murder black Americans.

“So the analogy or the comparison is fully justified.”

Gorka went on to say:

“This is an outrage, an utter outrage.

“A serving congresswoman who’s done it before, remember, she did it to us, the Trump administration.  She said four years ago, ‘If you see a member of the Trump administration in public, surround them, harass them.’

“This isn’t a one-off.  This is the normalization of the violence that the Democrat party approves of.”

Referring to Judge Cahill’s refusal to grant a mistrial, Gorka added:

“Let me just echo what the Professor said.

“The judge didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.”

Gorka then pointed to the disparity between the approach to the words of Waters and the approach to the words of former President Trump, a disparity emphasized by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent defense of her fellow Democrat’s statements.

He said:

“We know that the jury has already been intimidated.  Now it’s happening from Congress, from Maxine Waters, who Nancy Pelosi defended today, defended her incitement.

“We have the insanity that the former president was charged with incitement to violence, by the Democrats, did nothing of the sort, said march peacefully and patriotically to Congress.

Gorka concluded:

“We have the Democrats actually inciting violence, and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, endorses that violence.”

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Unhinged: Vandals leave pig’s head, smear blood on former home of Derek Chauvin defense witness

SANTA ROSA, CA – Vandals left a pig’s head at the former home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of the defense in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd.

Pig blood was also smeared on the home in  Santa Rosa, just north of San Francisco.

The home once belonged to Barry Brood, a retired Santa Rosa police officer who now consults on use-of-force tactics. Brood testified during Chauvin’s trial last week.

According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, vandals dressed in black smeared pig blood on Brodd’s former residence on Saturday at about 3 a.m. The vandals woke the residents, who called police as the vandals fled.

A statement released by police stated:

“Officers arrived to find the front of the victim’s house smeared with what appeared to be animal blood and a decapitated pig’s head near the front porch.

The vandalism to the victim’s house exceeded $400 making the crime committed by the suspects a felony vandalism.  The victim’s house was the previous residence of Mr.Barry Brodd. 

“Mr. Brodd recently testified for the defense in Minneapolis Police Officer Derrick Chauvin’s trial. It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony.

Mr. Brodd has not lived at the residence for a number of years and is no longer a resident of California. Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted.”

About 45 minutes after the residence was vandalized, a large statue of a hand in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza Mall was also smeared with pig’s blood.  

The suspects also left a sign in front of the statue which had a picture of a pig and read “Oink Oink.”

The suspects were seen fleeing the area and matched the descriptions of the suspects who vandalized the house.

The Santa Rosa Police Department was concerned over potential reactions to Brodd’s testimony during the trial and tried to distance itself from him.

On April 13, following Brodd’s testimony, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro issued a statement:

“We are aware of former Santa Rosa Police Officer, Barry Brodd, providing testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial. Mr. Brodd has not been employed by the department since 2004. His comments do not reflect the values and beliefs of the Santa Rosa Police Department.”

Brodd testified last week in Chauvin’s trial, saying the former Minneapolis police officer was “justified” in his use of force against George Floyd, who died in police custody last May.

Brood was the first witness to say Chauvin followed proper police procedure when he placed his knee on Floyd’s neck:

“I felt that Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing and objectively reasonable.”

Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Closing arguments at the trial began this morning.

Police have not announced any arrests in the Santa Rosa criminal mischief incidents and said the suspects face felony vandalism charges because the damage to the house exceeded $400.

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