Regardless of which convictions Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin receives, the officer charged for the death of George Floyd will probably eventually be acquitted at some point.
This comes after California Congresswoman Maxine Waters engaged in Jury intimidation, witness intimidation, and called for violence against anyone involved in anything less than a first-degree murder conviction, a charge Chauvin hasn’t even been charged for.
This weekend, Waters flew to Minneapolis to incite a riot, which has so far lead to the damaging of local stores and a drive-by shooting of National Guard troops in the city.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Maxine Waters told protesters in Brooklyn Center. “We gotta stay on the streets. We gotta stay active. We gotta get more confrontational. We got to make sure they know that we mean business.”
Waters also called Republicans in Congress who oppose justice reform racists and urged violence against those who oppose the Democrat Party’s agenda.
Chauvin’s defense team called for a mistrial, but it was denied by Judge Peter Cahill. Judge Cahill criticized Waters’ comment and said they can be used in an appeal, but not in the current case. He denied the request.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Cahill said.
“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. But you can submit the press articles about that. This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning,” Cahill said. “I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function. I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution, to respect a co-equal branch of government.”
Waters’ comments amount to the intimidation of any witness or jury member past, present or future to participate in a trial, knowing that their decision could put themselves or others in the way of destructive physical harm, doxing, angry mobs and even national shame and condemnation.
Derek Chauvin’s lawyers are in a much better place today than they were prior to Waters’ arrival in Minneapolis.