“We’ve got to stay in the street and demand justice,” Waters stated to reporters, based on video posted on social media.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict 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 got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice,” she added.
Asked what protesters ought to do if there isn’t a responsible verdict, Waters stated protests ought to proceed.
“We 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 that we mean business,” she stated.
Asked concerning the curfew put in place, Waters stated, “I don’t think anything about curfew. Curfew means I want you all to stop talking. I want you to stop meeting. I want you to stop gathering. I don’t agree with that.”
The congresswoman’s feedback come at a very fraught time within the nation’s historical past. Closing arguments are underway in Chauvin’s trial, and protests proceed over the killing of Wright. Authorities have ramped up safety round Minneapolis, with crews putting in razor wire round some police buildings and National Guard troops have been deployed in components of the town’s downtown.
“I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that’s going on, I’m talking about speaking up,” she stated. I’m speaking about laws. I’m speaking about elected officers doing what must be performed to regulate their budgets and to go laws.”
Waters’ feedback over the weekend drew swift criticism from a number of Republicans, together with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
The phrases “extra confrontational,” McCarthy tweeted Sunday night, means she is “inciting violence.” McCarthy also says if Pelosi doesn’t take action against Waters, he will. McCarthy’s options are limited as Republicans are in the minority, but he could take several symbolic steps, including calling for a censure of Waters, even if Democrats would block such an action. CNN has reached out to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office for comment.
Greene, meanwhile, called on Twitter for Waters to be expelled from Congress.