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The jurors in the murder case against Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd have reached a verdict.
Chauvin, who was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter has been found guilty on all charges.
The protests and riots after the death of George Floyd during an incident with former officer Derek Chauvin.
The verdict was waited for with near the same anticipation as the OJ Simpson verdict in the 1990s and now the questions is, how will the people respond to it?
Politicians, mainly on the Democrat side of the aisle, have seized the Floyd case and used it as a soapbox to call for more police reform. Among them, Joe Biden who called Floyd’s brother after the prosecution and defense gave closing arguments, CNN reported.
“He was just calling. He knows how it is to lose a family member. And he knows that the process of what we’re going through so he was just letting us know that he was praying for us, and hoping that everything would come out to be OK,” Philonise Floyd said NBC on Tuesday.
Then there was California Rep. Maxine Waters, who caused controversy when she called for protesters to be “more confrontational” if Chauvin was not found guilty of murder.
After the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the case on the death of George Floyd, the judge in the case said that Rep. Waters comments made this weekend could be cause for an appeal if Chauvin is convicted, The New York Times reported.
“An elected official, a United States congressperson, was making what I interpreted to be — what I think are reasonably interpreted to be — threats against the sanctity of the jury process,” Chauvin’ attorney, Eric J. Nelson, said.
Judge Peter A. Cahill absolutely scorched Rep. Waters in his response, in which he declined to declare a mistrial in the case.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” the judge said.
“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that’s disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function,” he said, adding that it is disrespectful the “coequal branches of government.”
“Their failure to do so is abhorrent,” he said.
His comments came on Monday, after the comments by Waters were heard at a protest for Floyd and for Daunte Wright, who was also killed in a confrontation with police.
“I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that says guilty guilty guilty,” she “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”
She made it known that she was referring to a murder conviction and no less than that. When reporters asked what people should do if there was not a guilty verdict she said, “We’ve got to stay on the street. And 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.”
“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week,” House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter.
And then there was Rep. Rashida Tlaib who called to abolish police and incarceration, though not directly related to the Floyd case. Which begs the question, where would criminals go?
Of all of the ignorant takes after the police shooting of Daunte Wright, who resisted arrest in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, the most ridiculous may have come from Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
The representative used the shooting of the 20-year-old to call for an end to policing which is, likely but it is tough to tell with all of the insane things Democrats often say, the most asinine thing we have ever heard, The Washington Examiner reported.
“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist,” the representative said. “Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government-funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”