Maxine Waters tells Minnesota BLM protesters ‘to get more confrontational’ one day after violent anti-police clashes erupted across US
- California Representative Maxine Waters appeared on the Brooklyn Center protest on Saturday
- ‘We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters said, encouraging protesters to ignore the night’s curfew
- She also talked about previous botched attempts at police reform and how she wants to see Derek Chauvin receive a guilty verdict in his trial, which is set for closing arguments on Monday
- Earlier on Saturday, protesters marched to the house of Pete Orput, the man responsible for the second-degree manslaughter charges being faced by former police officer Kimberly Potter
- There were clashes between protesters and police on Friday night, with cops deploying pepper spray
- Protests have been more peaceful so far on Saturday night at the Brooklyn Center police station
- Protests are also taking place in other cities across the nation, including Washington D.C.
Maxine Waters joined hundreds of angry protesters who thronged Brooklyn Center, Minnesota early Sunday, all breaking the 11 p.m. curfew together during a seventh night of protests against the police killing of Daunte Wright.
“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” she urged the crowd.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict” in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the police killing of George Floyd, where deliberations will begin next week, she said.
“And if we don’t, we cannot go away,” she added. “We’ve got to get more confrontational.”
Asked about the curfew, she said, “I don’t know what curfew means,” according to another tweeted clip.
“A curfew means that ‘I want y’all to stop talking,’” she said, adding, “I don’t agree with it.”
Waters said she wouldn’t stay out at the protest much longer personally — but she urged everyone else to keep at it.
“I came here for one reason, just to be here, to make sure that I let my thoughts be heard among all of those who have spent so much time on the streets. And so I’m hopeful that the protests will continue,” she said.
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