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

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Video footage showed Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling over the 46-year-old African-American man's neck for more than nine minutes. 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.

Ms Waters spoke on Saturday in a Minneapolis suburb not far from where Mr Chauvin, who is white, is on trial accused of the murder and manslaughter of Mr Floyd, a black man, in the city on 25 May past year.

She also said: "We've got to get more confrontational. What needs to happen that's different this year than all the years before?"

On Monday, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Democratic-controlled Senate, blasted Ms Waters, saying: "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 better be found guilty or else there'll be big trouble in the streets".

"I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family". "And if we don't, we can not go away".

Waters: "Oh no, not manslaughter. I don't know whether it's in the first degree, but as far as I'm concerned it's first degree". I want you to stop meeting.

Question: "What should protesters do?" If nothing does not happen then we have to not only stay in the streets but we have to fight for justice. And we've got to get more active.

The criticism from Republicans is striking, however, following the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol in January after many Republicans perpetrated the falsehood that former President Donald Trump was reelected. "We have got to make sure that they know that they know we mean business".

CNN referred to the remarks as "controversial".

In this image from video defense attorney Eric Nelson left and defendant former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin speak to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill after the judge has put the trial into the hands of the jury. Monday
Judge In Chauvin Trial Says Maxine Waters' Attempt To Gin Up Violence Could Lead To Jury Verdict Being Overturned.

"He recognizes the issue of police violence against people of color, communities of color is one of great anguish, and it's exhausting and quite emotional at times", she said, adding, "But as he also always says, protests must be peaceful".

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. 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. I'm talking about legislation.

"I've been really clear that no elected official should ever incite violence and she should not have incited violence".

"Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis - just as she has incited it in the past", McCarthy said in a tweet late Sunday evening.

"Outnumbered" panel discusses Maxine Waters' comments encouraging protests in Minnesota.

"When you've got a situation where Lauren Boebert is a mess, Matt Gaetz is a mess, Marjorie Taylor Greene is a mess-Clean up your mess, Kevin", Jeffries said.

But despite a statement from the judge in the case responding directly to the congresswoman's remarks and his admission that those words could be used to get the Chauvin trial tossed on appeal, Waters remained defiant and claimed that the judge had said her "words don't matter".

Judge Peter Cahill denied Nelson's request, but he did say that Waters' rhetoric could come back to bite the prosecution on appeal.

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