Judge admonishes Maxine Waters’ comments on Chauvin murder trial as ‘abhorrent’

Judge admonishes Maxine Waters’ comments on Chauvin murder trial as ‘abhorrent’

While at the rally, Waters encouraged activists to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is not convicted of murder.

The congresswoman on Saturday said she was "going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice" and urged others to do the same, saying, "We've got to get justice in this country, and we can not allow these killings to continue".

His death sparked days of protests in the Minneapolis suburb, as the murder trial for another police killing of an unarmed Black man - George Floyd - is getting close to ending just a few miles away.

While there, she made it absolutely clear to those protesting police brutality during the trial of former policeman Derek Chauvin what is expected of them.

"I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned", Judge Peter Cahill told defense attorney Eric Nelson on Monday.

Cahill said he wished "elected officials would stop talking about this case" but said that the jury had been instructed not to watch the news and therefore Waters' comments could not prejudice the jury and warrant a mistrial.

Waters has not responded to CNN's requests for comment.

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Conservatives have seized on Waters' comments, saying she is inflaming tensions as Minneapolis looks to prevent looting and destruction that occurred after Floyd's death a year ago.

"President Joe Biden's spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked directly about Waters" comments. McCain finished by saying although she believed in "peaceful protesting all day every day, it's an integral part of an American pastime, I think the second it becomes violent, you lose a lot of people on the message that is really really important right now". "That's what he continues to call for".

Nothing that she said to the crowd, via a megaphone, appears to be what triggered the criticism. She began focusing on policing issues in 1979 after the police shooting of a Black woman during a confrontation in Los Angeles over an unpaid gas bill and was a leading voice advocate for policing changes in the aftermath of the videotaped beating of Black motorist Rodney King by LAPD officers.

However, the judge in Chauvin's case criticized the congresswoman's comments.

"It is hard to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders not so subtly that this defendant better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets", McConnell said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Waters does not need to apologize and does not incite violence.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Waters' remarks are a reflection of the Democratic Party's overall agenda. Their failure to do so I think is abhorrent, but I don't think it has prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury. "They've handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of misinterpretation by the other side", Pelosi replied.

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