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An old video has resurfaced after Rep. Maxine Waters flew to Minnesota on Saturday and encouraged Black Lives Matter protesters to stay in the streets and get “more confrontational.”

Waters also urged protesters to harass members of the Trump administration in 2018. But that wasn’t the first time Waters has encouraged protesters.

Waters, who is 82 years old, has served in U.S. Congress since 1991. The very next year, in April 1992 – 29 years ago – Waters defended protesters involved in the violent and deadly riots over the acquittal of four police officers who had beaten Rodney King.

An NPR report describes the setting:

Four Los Angeles policemen — three of them white — were acquitted of the savage beating of Rodney King, an African-American man. Caught on camera by a bystander, graphic video of the attack was broadcast into homes across the nation and worldwide. Fury over the acquittal — stoked by years of racial and economic inequality in the city — spilled over into the streets, resulting in five days of rioting in Los Angeles.

The acquittals were announced around 3 p.m.; less than three hours later, the unrest began. Residents set fires, looted and destroyed liquor stores, grocery stores, retail shops and fast food restaurants. Light-skinned motorists — both white and Latino — were targeted; some were pulled out of their cars and beaten.

During the five days of unrest, there were more than 50 riot-related deaths — including 10 people who were shot and killed by LAPD officers and National Guardsmen. More than 2,000 people were injured, and nearly 6,000 alleged looters and arsonists were arrested.

Speaking at a press conference during all the mayhem, Waters spoke of the rioting and fires raging all over Los Angeles, along with at least 9 people dead at the time, and said “there’s an opportunity this weekend for it to spill over into other communities in the country.”

She said there are people who plan on staying in the streets and expressing their outrage and anger in “any way they deem necessary.”

“There are those who would like for me and others and all of us to tell people to go inside, to be peaceful, that they have to accept the verdict… I accept the responsibility of asking people not to endanger their lives. I am NOT asking people not to be angry. I am angry and I have a right to that anger and the people out there have a right to that anger!”

WATCH her comments in the short video below:

FAST-FORWARD to Saturday, April 17, 2021: Waters went to Minnesota and said if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murder, then “We’ve got to stay in the streets. We’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know we mean business!”

“I came here from Washington just to be here, to make SURE that I let my voice be heard among all those who have been putting so much time on the street. And so I’m hopeful that the protests will continue,” she added.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. In encouraging more rioting Waters is in effect encouraging more looting, burning and destruction of small businesses. As a member of Congress, she should be impeached if not outright prosecuted and sent to prison for such criminal activity!

  2. If she was held accountable during the Rodney King riots we would not have been putting up with her bull shit now. So there was no justice back then

  3. Maxine is the big pimple on the ash of congress. It needs to be ousted to get all that ugly festering crap out! Waters IS the perfect example of what happens when someone isn’t held accountable for their actions. She has been a bully for too long! We need healing, not violence. She has forsaken whatever oath she has taken. She needs to be expelled. Get that poisonous pimple off your ash congress! It’s time.

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