LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Earlier this month, Rep. Maxine Waters took to the streets of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to march with demonstrators calling for justice in the police shooting death of Daunte Wright.
During the protest, Waters appeared to tell protesters that they needed to get “more confrontational” if the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial did not return a guilty verdict.READ MORE: Goldstein Investigates: Scammers Going Old School In Attempt To Defraud EDD
When pressed by a reporter on what protesters should do if the jury were to acquit the former Minneapolis police officer, Waters said, “We’ve got to 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.”
With those words, the Los Angeles representative sparked outrage. Her comments lit up social media and even got the congresswoman admonished by the judge in Chauvin’s case.READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Pacific Palisades Brush Fire
But on Tuesday, Waters got a show of support in the Southland with a group of local clergy saying she has always stood up for the marginalized and is an advocate for equitable justice.
“And we’ve come today to say that her frustration, outrage and anger is justified,” Rev. Shane Scott, of Macedonia Baptist Church, said. “These yet to be United States of America has proven to be unjust and inequitable in every sense of the word.”MORE NEWS: Competition Rises For Wedding Venue Bookings As Couples Look To Tie The Knot Post-Pandemic
They echoed the congresswoman’s calls for continued action and more aggressive protests when necessary.