Rep. Maxine Waters Defends Previous Chauvin Comments, Claims She's Non-Violent Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Friday, 23 April 2021 04:33 PM
In a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed on Thursday, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., defended her earlier position that protesters should "get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found not guilty in the death of George Floyd.
Waters, in her Thursday Op-Ed, described how she attended a peaceful rally before the verdict and was asked, "What do we do if we don't get a guilty verdict? What should protesters do?"
She responded: "We got to stay on the street. And we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational."
On Tuesday, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Waters, a civil rights activist, drew parallels between the protests before the Chauvin verdict and the Rodney King riots. "I have been an activist participating in the civil rights movement and I have dealt with the issue of police abuse for many decades."
Waters said the Rodney King riots represented a rebellion, and although it wasn't acceptable, it was understandable. She wrote, "There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes. Maybe they shouldn't have done it, but the atmosphere was such that they did it," she told a local radio station.
"One lady said her children didn't have any shoes. She just saw those shoes there, a chance for all of her children to have new shoes… I might have gone in and taken them for her myself," according to the Daily Caller.
But Waters, writing for the Los Angeles Times, restated that she was non-violent and blamed opposition groups for twisting her words. "Now, because of who I am, the right wing and members of Congress who subscribe to the views of groups like QAnon, the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys and the KKK have targeted me."