As protesters across the nation call for racial justice in law enforcement, California Rep. Maxine Waters got involved at street level Sunday when she pulled over and got out of her SUV in Los Angeles to find out why officers from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office had pulled over a Black man.
A video of the Democratic lawmaker’s intervention—which has been viewed more than 667,000 times since it was posted to Twitter Sunday—shows Waters telling the bystander who was recording, “They stopped a brother so I stopped to see what they were doing.”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA 43) making sure the brother pulled over is having his rights protected! Queen! pic.twitter.com/sT9Mk3Tz7X
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It’s unclear if the officers recognized the Los Angeles congresswoman, but she says they threatened to issue her a ticket because of where she’d stopped her car.
“They say I’m in the wrong place,” Waters told the videographer, adding, “They’re going to give me a ticket, but that’s OK, as long as I watch them.”
As Waters begins walking back toward the cops in the 15-second clip, another person is heard off camera saying, “You gotta do what you gotta do. Make sure.”
“I will,” Waters responds.
The incident comes nearly two months after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police ignited worldwide outrage and sparked a national movement to end systemic racial prejudice and rampant police violence against Black people and other minorities across the country.
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