EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Rep. Maxine Waters came under fire this week for comments she made at a peaceful rally in Minneapolis before the Derek Chauvin verdict.

Waters spoke to Spectrum News about her comments and GOP efforts to censure her.

"Nowhere in my words was there violence," she said.

She explained that she was asked what should be done if the jury acquitted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd.

"We have to stay on the street," she responded. "Get more active and get more confrontational."

Some, including her GOP colleagues, argued that her words were no different from what former President Donald Trump had stated on Jan. 6 when he told his followers he wanted them "to go down to the Capitol and fight. Take back our government." 

Waters said her words did not incite violence and that what she was trying to get across was that more needs to be done to "confront evil and confront this issue."

She added that people who support the QAnon conspiracy theory and did not speak out against the insurrection at the Capitol are now trying to censure her. The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to reject a GOP-backed effort for a censure.

Waters, who represents California's 43rd District, has a long history of challenging police abuse, including an instance in Los Angeles when police beat up Rodney King.

"We do not want police in the name of keeping peace to kill us, to harm us," she said, adding that there is lots local City Councils and mayors can do to keep police accountable.

Click on the arrow above for Kelvin Washington's full conversation with Rep. Maxine Waters.


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