Chauvin Judge Cahill Criticizes Maxine Waters' Comments

Chauvin Judge Cahill Criticizes Maxine Waters' Comments

In an interview with TheGrio, Waters later clarified that her remarks were not an incitement to violence. I personally would prefer that we didn't have oodles and oodles of videotape of officers getting ready to go out and fight the protestors, because I feel like people want it to happen.

The defense had moved for a mistrial Monday over recent publicity in the case, including TV shows and comments by Waters. Her statements along with the ensuing violence drew sharp criticism from many.

"We've got to stay on the street, and we've got to get more active", Waters said.

On CNN Monday, former federal prosecutor and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Elliot Williams tore into Derek Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson for trying to argue the calls to protest a not guilty verdict by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) are grounds for a mistrial - something Judge Peter Cahill promptly rejected.

"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement", Mrs Pelosi said. "They've handled this with great dignity".

A spokesman for Waters didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Waters has served in Congress since 1991 and is the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. Later that day, McCarthy said on Twitter that he would take action against Waters if Pelosi did not.

The House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter that he was introducing a resolution to censure Waters "for these risky comments".

He tweeted: "I was shot because of this kind of unsafe rhetoric".

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech that "it's harder to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant had better be found guilty".

The California Democrat has always been a lightning rod for conservatives, infuriating Republicans in 2018 when she told supporters to publicly confront Trump administration figures in public places like restaurants or shops.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives, defended Ms Waters, insisting on Monday she had no reason to apologise.

"I am not anxious that they're going to continue to distort what I say", she said. "And I'm not going to be bullied by them".

"What did you make of how that came up at the very end after the jury already began deliberations?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer. While denying the motion, the judge expressed his frustration with her remarks.

"I'm aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being 'confrontational, ' " Judge Peter Cahill said on Monday as the closing arguments wrapped up in the trial of Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.

He saved his harshest words for elected officials that he felt were speaking about the case "in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch".

In the wake of the Rodney King riots in May 1992, Representative Waters said "If you call it a riot, it sounds like it was just a bunch of insane people who went out and did bad things for no reason".

Waters is well-known for her candid and direct remarks and was one of the first members of Congress to call for former President Donald Trump's impeachment.

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