Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters spoke to Black Lives Matter members at a march in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to protest the city’s curfew enacted in the aftermath of the Daunte Wright shooting. In the video below, recorded on Saturday night, the congresswoman from California tells protestors to “stay in the streets … fight for justice … get more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted. “We’re looking for a guilty verdict.” Sounds almost as if she’s inciting a riot.
As the clip begins, Waters is answering a question about the police reform bill. She tells the group she knows “the right wing, the racists, are opposed to it. … We’ve got to stay in the streets. We’ve got to demand justice.”
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. … If nothing does not [sic] happen, then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the streets, we’ve got to fight for justice. I am very hopeful and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
A protestor asks, “And not just manslaughter, right, I mean.”
“Oh no, not manslaughter,” as she raises a hand to show her opinion of the lesser possible charge. “No, no, no. Listen, listen, guilty for murder. I don’t know if it’s in the first degree, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s first degree murder.”
She is asked what protestors should do.
“Well, 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 we mean business.”
Knowing that Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, Minnesota are literally powder kegs, which will explode if Chauvin is acquitted, a member of the U.S. Congress is telling Black Lives Matter members, who set cities on fire last summer, that not even a verdict of manslaughter will do. As far as she is concerned, Chauvin is guilty of first degree murder.
Is she implying that not even a verdict of second or third degree murder will do?
Chauvin is not even being charged with first degree murder. So, either he will be charged with second or third degree murder, second degree manslaughter or he will be acquitted.
Is Waters actually telling them to protest no matter what the verdict is?
Last week, I posted about a lawyer’s take on the charges against Chauvin. He cast doubt on the second-degree murder charges, even saying it’s possible the judge might throw it out when he instructs the jury. RedState’s Shipwreckedcrew wrote:
To convict Chauvin of “second degree” murder, the jury will be instructed that they must find that “Chauvin intended to kill Floyd”, in that he acted “with the purpose of causing death and believed the act would cause that result.”
There is simply no evidence presented anywhere in the prosecution’s case that would support such a finding, and I would not be surprised if the Judge dismissed this count when the prosecution rests its case.
To convict Chauvin of “third degree” murder, the jury will be instructed that they must find that Chauvin’s “intentional act was imminently dangerous to human beings and was performed without regard for human life.”
Third degree murder might also be a tough sell, when one considers that the technique Chauvin used is taught at the police academy.
If Chauvin is found guilty of second degree manslaughter or acquitted, we can probably expect riots, starting in Minneapolis to spread across the country.
Although toned down from her dangerous rhetoric of June 2018, when she called on supporters to confront Trump officials wherever they were, this was pretty incendiary language coming from a U.S. lawmaker. Waters is well aware of how volatile the situation is.
Didn’t House Democrats recently impeach former President Donald Trump for far less incendiary language?
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