U.S. Representative Maxine Waters reportedly tried to instigate violence during the trial of Derek Chauvin. Waters on Saturday told to the protestors to get more confrontational if the court spares former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. She also called the protestors to stay on the street. Republicans and several people on the Twitter quickly slammed the congresswoman and accused her for inciting violence.
However, the politician clarified that she was not instigating any violence across the country. Her remarks come at such a time, when there have been multiple killing of Black Americans by the police officials across the country. In recent months, there has been huge national tension over the police brutality and racial inequality in the country. Waters was near Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to show her support on recent police killing.
The 82-year-old congresswoman was present near the place where Derek Chauvin’s trial was running. She told the reports that she was at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to show her support in the recent police killing of Daunte Wright and subsequently support Wright’s family. A video made to the social media where Waters seem telling to reports that people have to stay on the streets and demand justice.
Waters defended that her remarks didn’t mean to instigate violence.
The US rep told the reporters that people need to get more confrontational. She believes they need to spread the message that they mean business, when they get on the streets. Her remarks come at a time when Chauvin’s trail was in closing arguments and protests continued across the country in the recent killing of Daunte Wright and 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
Later, Waters appeared in an interview with theGrio, where she defended her remarks. She told that her words didn’t mean any violence, rather she was non-violent. The word ‘confrontational’ usage in her remarks meant changing the justice system in the country. She further added that she was talking about speaking up for the justice and police reforms.
The judge involved in the former Minneapolis police officer trial reported that Waters’ remarks could stand as grounds for an appeal. This isn’t the first time she has come under scrutiny for her remarks. In 2018, she reportedly told her supporters to harass the Trump’s administration.