A lawyer defending Derek Chauvin, who is on trial for the death of George Floyd, cited Rep. Maxine Waters’, D-Calif., comments to Minnesota protesters over the weekend in court on Monday.
“And now that we have [a] U.S. representative … threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it’s it’s mind boggling…,” Attorney Eric Nelson said, as he attempted to argue that the jury may have been unduly influenced by external factors.
Judge Peter Cahill said that he wished elected officials would stop referencing the case “especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law” so as to let the judicial process play out as intended.
Waters urged protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where Duante Wright was recently shot by a police officer, to “stay in the street” as she joined the protests on Saturday and violated the local curfew.
“We’ve got to stay in the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters said, referencing a scenario where Chauvin is not convicted. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
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