Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
In a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed on Thursday, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., vigorously defended her earlier call for protesters to “get more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin hadn’t been convicted of killing 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. Chauvin, who is white, is to be sentenced on June 16 for killing Floyd with a prolonged hold that involved putting a knee on the Black man’s neck. Because of the racial component to the case, longstanding claims of excessive police force against people of color, and a viral video of the extended encounter, the Floyd episode fueled a summer of protests around the world.