Fire California spokesman Maxine Waters joined hundreds of angry protesters who stormed the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota earlier Sunday, all together breaking curfew on the seventh night of protests against the police killing of Downt Wright.
“We have to stay on the street and we have to ask for justice,” she urged the crowd, according to a tweet.
“We are looking for a guilty verdict” in the Derek Chauvin trial for the police murder of George Floyd, where discussions will begin next week, she said.
“And if we don’t, we can’t leave,” she added. “We need to become more confrontational.”
Asked about curfew, she said, “I don̵
“Curfew means I want you all to stop talking,” she said, adding, “I don’t agree with him. “
Waters said she would not stay in the protest much longer in person, but urged everyone else to continue.
“I came here for one reason, just to be here to make sure my thoughts are heard among everyone who has spent so much time on the streets. So I hope that the protests will continue, “she said.
Protesters began chanting and playing music outside the Brooklyn Police Department during the night, apparently a live video posted on YouTube was shown.
“There are no good cops in a racist system!” “F-K your evening hour!” And “There is no justice, there is no peace!” They shouted against the background of more colorful slogans.
A day earlier, nearly 100 people were arrested after a mob tried to tear down a fence around a police station.
Journalists who said they had been attacked and sprayed with black pepper were among those detained by police who filmed the press’s credentials before allowing any reporter to leave.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz dismissed the move Saturday against the press as “unacceptable in all circumstances” and promised to “investigate” the incidents, according to The Star Tribune.
Wright was fatally shot during a traffic stop on April 11 by former Brooklyn Center employee Kim Potter, who claims she intended to use a stunning gun. Potter resigned and was charged with manslaughter.
Wright’s assassination came just days before Chicago authorities released a video of the March 29 shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, sparking demonstrations and protests in the city.
As of Saturday night, protests had spread through the streets of Washington, D.C., where a still crowd of about 150 people were walking the streets, chanting the names of the dead by police, according to journalist Chuck Modi, who posted a video on Twitter.
“George Floyd means we have to strike back. Sandra Bland means we have to hit back Adam Toledo means we have to hit back. “Breona Taylor means we have to fight back,” they shouted.
In Portland, which has been on fire for several months, people spent early Saturday trying to clean up after protesters lit at least one fire the night before.
Police had announced the protest, which included broken glass, graffiti and fires of rebellion. Demonstrators destroyed a park and damaged a church that serves the homeless, The Oregonian reported.
“The whole destruction is pretty rude,” a man covering a broken window in a restaurant told the newspaper. “We had removed the boards in November. But I guess it was too early. “
District resident David Dixon said he understood the protesters’ anger, but told The Oregonian, “we need to find a better way.”