The trial of Derek Chauvin, a white former police officer convicted for the death of a black man, George Floyd, started in March, causing a tense atmosphere in Minneapolis as protesters gathered near the court building demanding justice. On Tuesday, the jury found Chauvin guilty of all charges.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters avoided censure after she urged protesters to “get more confrontational” during the anticipation of unrest amid Chauvin’s trial, as the US House of Representatives ruled on Tuesday to reject a Republican censure resolution by a slim margin in a 216-210 vote.
Earlier in the day, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced the censure resolution seeking to “hold Waters accountable” for comments she made that, in his bill “raised the potential for violence, directed lawlessness, and may have interfered with a co-equal branch of government.”
Waters fueled a backlash from some Republicans after remarks she made during a visit in Minneapolis on Saturday. She urged protesters, gathered in the area where Daunte Wright was shot while demonstrations over Chauvin’s trial continued, to “get more confrontational” despite coronavirus-related restrictions.
The judge in the Chauvin trial, Justice Peter Cahill, noted that officials should distance themselves from the trial and “stop talking about it in a manner that’s disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch.”