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Judge in Chauvin trial calls Waters' comments 'abhorrent'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd on Monday called recent comments by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters “abhorrent,'...

4/20/2021 2:57:00 AM

The judge at the trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin is warning that comments by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters could lead to a verdict being overturned. The Democrat suggested that people should 'get more confrontational' if there isn't a murder conviction.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd on Monday called recent comments by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters “abhorrent,'...

Waters, a California Democrat,had joined protesterson Saturday outside the police department of a Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot a Black motorist earlier this month. Waters, who is Black, told the crowd she wanted to see a murder conviction against Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death.

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ADVERTISEMENTWhen asked what should happen if Chauvin isn’t convicted on murder charges, she replied, “We gotta stay on the street, we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational, we’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Minneapolis is on edge as it anticipates the outcome of Chauvin’s trial and reels from the death of 20-year-oldDaunte Wrightin Brooklyn Center.Judge Peter Cahill showed frustration with Waters’ rhetoric shortly after the jury was dismissed Monday to begin deliberations. Chauvin’s defense attorney had motioned for a mistrial in light of Waters’ comments. Cahill denied the motion but called it “disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch” for elected officials to comment on the outcome of the case. headtopics.com

“Their failure to do so, I think, is abhorrent, he said. ”But I don’t think it has prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury. They have been told not to watch the news. I trust they are following those instructions.”A spokesman for Waters didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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 last year.White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked at Monday’s daily White House briefing if Biden agrees with Waters’ comment, but she attempted to tamp down the president’s stance.

ADVERTISEMENT“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. That’s what he continues to call for.”

Waters has been a galvanizing figure for decades, visiting communities nationwide to advocate for racial and economic justice, and an end to police violence.It’s no surprise she would appear in Minnesota. 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. headtopics.com

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Over three decades in Congress, the Los Angeles-area congresswoman has drawn criticism from Republicans and conservatives, who were quick to seize on her comments Monday.The House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter that he was introducing a resolution to censure Waters “for these dangerous comments.”

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.”

Still, Waters has allies as a longstanding and senior member of Congress.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Waters’ comments should be viewed in the context of the long struggle toward civil rights.“Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement,” Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol.

Asked if Waters should apologize, Pelosi said no.“I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They’ve handled this with great dignity, and no ambiguity or lack of misinterpretation by the other side,” Pelosi said.__Mascaro reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani contributed reporting from Chicago. headtopics.com

___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd Read more: The Associated Press »

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That judge is such an ass. The judge overstepped his bounds. That’s utterly ridiculous. She or anyone can say anything outside of court. The jury isn’t there. This judge is power tripping. ChauvinIsGuilty Is Rep. Waters on the goddam jury?...these racist people just can't help themselves Didn’t they impeach a guy just a few months ago for inciting violence? It’s too bad that Congress operates under different sets of rules, depending on who you are.

Damn, wait until he hears what reps said to incite insurrectionists on Jan.6th 😬 It’s called jury intimidation She is basically instigating violence. It’s disgusting. This type of intervention at this stage of the trial is totally unwarranted as it is foolish. If there is a mistrial, those who've agitated and commented on guilt or for confrontation will have to take responsibility for their actions and rhetoric. ALM BLM BlueLivesMatter

Really With all the rhetorics the previous administration dealt out, that is all he can say? Please sound to me he already has his verdict. She should retract what she said and instead ask that all protesters remain PEACEFUL.

...and an attempt to influence the outcome the outcome of this trial Two wrongs don't make it right, people! Stop with your bias comments. Yes, Trump was wrong in commenting on ongoing cases. And so was Maxine Waters! Her comments, in the eyes of the law, may be considered incitement to violence... Rep Waters is a prime example of what she says she stands against. Racist. Socialist. Ignorant.

Looking for any excuse they can fine to let this murderer go free. The white collusion - anything said by a black person during this time he could go free. What she says has nothing to do with what he did and that is what this trial is supposed to be about. They always find a way to protect murderers.

It’s a lynching Confront injustice. They're just lining it up so when they allow Chauvin to walk they can then point to Maxine Waters and say, well it was her fault. Not actually how that went down. He denied the motion. He for sure was annoyed with the democrat talking but stated it had no cause in defense motion.

Sounds like this judge wants a not guilty verdict

So why didn't this Maxine Waters woman just held a kangaroo court. That's what people do when they want a specific outcome🤔 Attention seeking politicians are the worst... Can he rule on the rally-to-riot event on January 6th. That would be nice. That’s not what he said...rewatch the footage AP then every active trial where the former guy called for violence needs to be reviewed.

Truly a dumb comment by the judge. The jury has already been instructed to not watch or listen to the news What's abhorrent is the murder of GeorgeFloyd. DerekChauvinTrial Why oh why in such a high profile case weren’t the jurors sequestered? There have been much lesser trials in MPLS that have sequestered jurors.

Why is a judge commenting in court about a tweet? A 'judge' shouldn't be viewing social media while telling everyone else involved in the case to ignore it. Obviously the judge is as corrupt as Chauvin. This was never a trial about Floyd's past. The nonsense from the defense should've never been allowed to fly.

Oh please. Because the talking heads on both sides have stayed completely outta this.

What in the world does this have to do with the trial’s outcome? She’s not the prosecutor or a member or the court at all...it’s just the opinion of a Rep... But the jury is sequestered. It doesn’t matter what she or anyone else says. The Jurors are not privy to outside information. One has no influence over the other.

Rather than saying Maxine Waters words could lead to a verdict being overturned the judge should of instead charged Maxine Waters for interfering in official court proceedings with intent to create harm. Judicial radicalism is what’s abhorrent. GOP Anything to avoid the killer from being what he deserves. He's been questionable from day 1. The jury should've been sequestered from day 1

🤦🏻‍♀️ I guess we all know how the Judge would vote. Explains why Chauvin wants the Judge to rule on any aggravated circumstances at sentencing and not the jury. lol. That’s when you badly looking for an excuse to do something. Whatever anybody says at this point will never erase what we saw; a knee on someone’s neck for 9 minutes or so and a police officer who was determined to kill without regard.

Hey Judge... Wait this seems familiar, didn’t a former elected official talk to a crowd and say fight like hell and 6 people end up dying? 🤔

Judge should not make any comments, just rule on requests. DavidBegnaud This tweet is a misrepresentation “case. “I don’t think it has prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury. They have been told not to watch the news. I trust they are following those instructions.” She's not wrong. If Chauvin doesn't get convicted the U.S. has broken the social contract.

I'd be afraid if the jury's punishment isn't fitting. Don't use trump as a guage. 🙄 Judge should poll each juror after verdict and before they are released, to ask them under oath if they heard the comment. Confused. Lede doesn't jibe with this: ”But I don’t think it has prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury. They have been told not to watch the news. I trust they are following those instructions.”

Maxine Waters should be removed from her committee assignments. Highly unprofessional bias judge. He literally named waters when the defense brought her up as a congress woman and never named her. He went on a Sanctimonious rant saying her name at least three times in front of the jury. What kind of a judge does that?

Hang on, the old rich white guy judge thinks if there's unrest, it's the black's fault? They should just let it go? Shocked.

Can someone tell me how this judge and his opinion doesn't affect the trial? Maxine isn't in the courtroom. The judge is. It’s not right to provoke violence under any condition. I’m confused, is this jury not being sequestered? How would they even know what she said unless the judge said something? DavidBegnaud Not really. He said it wasn’t grounds for a mistrial

It will not lead to a verdict being overturned. A bunch of bullshit. What the hell does it matter what a Congresswoman says outside the courtroom?