The judge in former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin’s trial for George Floyd’s death, described the recent comments from US Representative Maxine Waters as abhorrent. As for the judge, a verdict was likely to be not just appealed but also overturned due to the comments.
In April 2021, Waters joined demonstrators in the Minneapolis-based suburb in which a cop fatally shot an African-American motorist. Waters, a Californian Democratic Party member, said to the crowd that she wished to see Chauvin convicted for murdering George Floyd.
When Waters was asked what would have to happen in the event of Chauvin not being convicted for it, she replied in an aggressive way. Essentially, her reply urged the crowd to be more active and confrontational, plus to ensure that authorities realize that they meant business.
Minneapolis was looking forward to Derek Chauvin’s trial, plus it was reeling from young Daunte Wright’s death in the recent Brooklyn Center shooting incident.
Judge Peter Cahill’s frustration with the rhetoric of Waters was evident soon after he dismissed the jury on April 19, 2021, to start deliberations. Derek Chauvin’s defense lawyer had submitted a motion for an inconclusive trial in view of Waters’ comments. The judge denied that motion, plus described it as being disrespectful to not just the rule of law but also the judiciary for officials chosen by election to opine about the case result.
As for Cahill, the officials not doing so was abhorrent, but it had not prejudiced the court with more stuff that would make the jury biased. The jury had been told to avoid watching the news, said the judge while expressing his belief that they were acting as per those instructions.
One of Waters’ spokespeople did not instantly respond to the Las Vegas Sun’s request for comment.
American conservatives took advantage of Waters’ comments by opining that she was inflaming tensions when Minneapolis looked to stop the destruction and looting that followed Floyd’s demise last year.
Jennifer Rene Psaki of The White House was asked in a recent briefing whether President Joe Biden concurred with the US Representative’s comment. Anyhow, Psaki tried to reduce the importance of the US president’s stance on the matter.
As for Psaki, Biden recognizes that violence from police against non-white people and communities is an issue of considerable anguish, and that it is sometimes exhausting and pretty emotional. At the same time, the president always demands that protests be peaceful, said Psaki.
Waters has long been a galvanizing political figure, going to communities throughout the nation to speak for economic and racial justice, plus a culmination of police violence.
It was unsurprising that Waters would show up in Minnesota. Waters started to focus on policing matters after police shot an African-American woman in a 1979 LA confrontation about an unpaid utility bill. She was also championing law enforcement changes after a video clip surfaced where Los Angeles Police Department officers beat African-American car driver Rodney King.
Over the years, the LA-era congressperson has received criticism in Congress from both conservatives and GOPs, who quickly took advantage of her recent comments.
On Twitter, House Minority Leader Kevin Owen McCarthy said that he would introduce a motion to censure the US representative for her dangerous comments.
Senator Mitch McConnell stated that it was trickier to imagine more inappropriate behavior than a congresswoman arriving by plane from California to tell local leaders that the defendant should be legally found guilty.
Waters still has allies since she has long been a senior Congress member.
As for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the comments from the representative should be judged with the long-time civil rights struggle in mind.
Waters discussed confrontation like how one would with the movement of Civil Rights, said Pelosi to reporters gathered at the US Capitol.
Pelosi also told reporters that Waters should not apologize for the comments, and she urged us to use how George Floyd’s family handled the matter as an example.