On Saturday evening Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) joined demonstrators outside the police station in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and told Americans to take to the streets if Derek Chauvin is not convicted for murder in the death of Gerorge Floyd.
Rep. Waters joined protestors who are outraged over the shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, as he fled after a traffic stop earlier this month. Officers discovered a warrant for Wright’s arrest. Police officer Kim Potter threatened to tase Wright but reached for her gun instead and fatally shot Wright.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters said. “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,” she said.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis Department Oficer, faces three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
However, anything short of a murder conviction would not be enough, Waters said. The guilty verdict had to be for murder, she added, that the charge ought to have been first-degree murder.
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted pic.twitter.com/RemfvCCLAn
— Reasonable Officer Poso (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2021
Waters said that Democrats would pass a police reform bill over the objections of “the right wing, the racists.” She had harsh words for Republicans, whom she blamed for the Capitol riot on January 6:
— David Schuman (@david_schuman) April 18, 2021
The Chauvin trial will conclude with closing arguments and jury instructions on Monday.