BROOKLYN CENTER, MN – Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters told a crowd of protesters outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department that Derek Chauvin must be found guilty.
She told the protesters that if the jury verdict is not a conviction, they should “get more confrontational.”
Maxine is irrelevant. So in order to gain attention for herself, she jumps in bed with criminals, looters, rioters, and Antifa. Shameful!!! Maxine Waters urges Minnesota protesters to 'stay on the street' if Chauvin acquitted in Floyd case https://t.co/rHzuHo4Ksw #FoxNews
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) April 18, 2021
Throwing away any presumption of innocence, Waters said:
“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, 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.”
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted pic.twitter.com/RemfvCCLAn
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2021
Waters arrived in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Saturday to join demonstrations over the apparent accidental shooting of Daunte Wright by former officer Kim Potter.
Investigators believe Potter accidentally fired her gun, killing Wright when she meant to draw her Taser after the man resisted during a traffic stop and attempted warrant service.
— David Schuman (@david_schuman) April 18, 2021
Waters told the demonstrators that Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd in May, must be found guilty:
“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.
“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.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon: "I was front and center… at the riot."
Reporter: "There was no riot."
Gannon: "There was… the officers that were putting themselves in harm's way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks." pic.twitter.com/aM5rfjYpxx
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 12, 2021
Chauvin’s trial is continuing in Minneapolis. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday morning. He is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the case.
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Waters said that if Chauvin is found not guilty by the jury, the demonstrators must get more confrontational:
“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.”
Most protesters who gathered Friday evening in Brooklyn Center were vocal, but peaceful. Others, most of whom arrived after 9 p.m., brought items that indicated peaceful protest was not their intent. We continue to support peaceful protest. #MNOSN pic.twitter.com/2NynFxB3iU
— Minnesota OSN (@MinnesotaOSN) April 17, 2021
The Congresswoman’s words could be viewed as inflammatory because of several nights of violence in the city following the death of Wright. On Friday night, 52 people were booked on probable cause riot charges during the sixth night of protest. 136 people in total were arrested during the violence.
The arrests came as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the police department protesting. Police said a group of agitators attempted to breach a security fence at the police department, forcing officers to respond with pepper spray, flashbangs, and other less-than-lethal tactics to repel the crowds.
Scenes from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota tonight. Hundreds gathered outside the suburb's police station to protest the police killing of Duante Wright. Officers in riot gear responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. @themacweekly pic.twitter.com/VgZSBm9oj5
— Kori Suzuki (@korisuzuk1) April 12, 2021
Waters joins a growing list of left-wing figures calling for anti-police violence. CNN host Chris Cuomo, brother of Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, said in June:
“Now too many see the protests as the problem. No, the problem is what forced your fellow citizens to take to the streets: persistent, poisonous inequities and injustice.
“And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful. Because I can show you that outraged citizens are what made the country what she is and led to any major milestone. To be honest, this is not a tranquil time.”
CNN's Chris Cuomo: "Please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful."
As riots and looting have broken out in cities across the country, this is the message the brother of New York governor Andrew Cuomo shares at the top of his show. pic.twitter.com/ZZ47zpyVlx
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 3, 2020
In August, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D) commented on what she called failures of the Trump administration, stating:
“(There should be) unrest in the streets. This is as much about public outcry, organizing and mobilizing and applying pressure. Make the phone calls, send the emails, show up. You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported violence when discussing former President Trump’s family separation policy at the border when she said in June:
“I just don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over this country. Maybe there should be.”
This weekend’s comments were not the first time Rep. Waters has called for violence. In June, she told supporters to publicly confront and harass members of the Trump administration over immigration policy:
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents.
“We don’t know what damage has been done to these children. All that we know is they’re in cages. They’re in prisons. They’re in jails. I don’t care what they call it, that’s where they are and Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this.”
Former officer Kim Potter has resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department and has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Wright. The 48-year-old veteran of the department was released on $100,00 bond on Thursday.
The crime carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
The incident also led to the resignation of Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon,
City Manager Curt Boganey was fired after telling reporters that Officer Potter would face “due process.” Protesters objected to his comments, saying that Wright did not get due process.
The Ciuty Council also passed a resolution ordering police not to use crowd control less-then-lethal weapons on demonstrators, tying their hands as the police headquarters were attacked.
National Guard members and state police were called in to assist with the rioting in the city. The City Council ban did not apply to those departments.
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