Congresswoman Maxine Waters Stops To Supervise Cops Pulling Over An African American
Jul 31st, 2020
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district since 1991. She is very well-known and loved for her non-nonsense political approach. She will definitely speak her mind and call any person out for their wrongs.
These days, protesters from all across the globe are calling for racial justice after the incident between George Floyd and the American police officers that lead to his death. Recently, the congresswoman made it to news reports when she was spotted pulling over and even got out of her SUV in Los Angeles to supervise a situation where the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office had pulled over a Black man.
She was driving through her Los Angeles district on Friday when she saw deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department pull over a Black man during a burglary investigation. She decided to pull over and park her vehicle to see what the officers were doing.
Somebody was able to catch the interaction on video and shared it online. The video now has over 60,000 views online. This clip was captured by someone who was driving by and saw the congresswoman. She asked her what was going on and the congresswoman responded by saying, “They stopped a brother, so I stopped to see what they were doing.”
Allegedly, the police told the congresswoman that they would have to ticket her for blocking traffic after she pulled over. However, the video that was captured shows no indication that she obstructed the traffic. But she didn’t care if they would ticket her. She said, “They said I’m in the wrong place, and that they’re going to give me a ticket. That’s OK, as long as I watch them.”
The congresswoman has always been vocal about her thoughts regarding what needs to be done in this country. Since the racial tensions between police and Black communities have increased in the past month, the congresswoman has called for police reform.
On May 25, 2020, 46-year-old black American George Floyd, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down.
Videos of the tragic incident circulated the internet quickly and gained public attention worldwide. In the video, Floyd can be seen and heard begging for his life and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” which Chauvin didn’t find alarming.
On the final two minutes, Floyd was already motionless and had no pulse while Chauvin ignored the onlookers’ pleas to remove his knee from the mans’ neck. However, he did not listen and only did it when the medics told him to.
Not only in the United States but anywhere in the world, the rate of racial tension and protests have risen. George Floyds’ death started a national movement to raise awareness and to help to end systemic racial prejudice and rampant police violence against Black people and other minorities across the country.
With regards to the man being pulled over, reports say that he was let go with a warning. The deputies also let Maxine go with a warning after the congresswoman refused to sign a citation.