A video of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., comments during the Rodney King riots resurfaced amid the controversy surrounding her inflammatory remarks about the. Waters has faced backlash after should get more “confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is acquitted.
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Amid the controversy over her most recent remarks, a video of Waters’ remarks during the Rodney King riots resurfaced onThursday. The footage shows Waters’ reaction at a press conference in 1992 after riots raged in the City of Angels following the not-guilty verdicts for the four Los Angeles charged with beating Rodney King after a high-speed chase. The ensuing riots left dozens of people dead and deployed to the city.
In the video, Waters described the chaos, including fires around the city and “scores of injuries” in her district, before addressing calls for her to urge peace. “There are those who would like for me and others and all of us to to go inside, to be peaceful, that they have to accept the verdict,” Waters said. “I accept the responsibility of not to endanger their lives. I am not asking people not to be angry.” The California Democrat said she was angry about the verdict and had “a right to that anger,” as well as the people rioting after the verdict. “We don’t want anybody killed. We don’t believe in violence,” continued Waters.
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“But there are some angry people in America, and young Black males in my district areat this moment, if they could not get a conviction with the Rodney King video available to the jurors, that there can be no justice in America.” The video resurfaced after “more confrontational,” depending on the jury’s verdict. If Chauvin isn’t found guilty of murder, Waters said , “We’ve 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 ensure they know that we mean business.”
“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active; we’ve got to get more confrontational,” said Waters. “We’ve got to make sure they know that we mean business.” The comments irked Judge Peter Cahill, who mentioned Waters byhe wished elected officials would stop referencing the case “especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law” to let the judicial process play out as intended. He added, however, that he did not believe the comments unduly influenced the jury as they had been told not to watch the news.