Congresswoman Maxine Waters intervened during a traffic stop involving a black driver.
Waters was driving in her district on Friday when she spotted an LA County Sheriff‘s patrol car with officers in the process of detaining a black man, prompting her to immediately hit the brakes and hop out of her car.
Waters’ presence was NOT well received, as the sheriff’s deputies told her she was illegally parked and in danger of getting a ticket.
Waters explains to the person filming that she was curious to see what officers were up to once she realized they had stopped the black man.
“They stopped a brother, so I stopped to see what they were doing.”
They said I’m in the wrong place and that they’re going to give me a ticket.”
“That’s okay as long as I watch them.”
A woman can be heard saying off-camera,
“Gotta do what they gotta do! Make sure!”
Waters, a staunch advocate of policing reform, pushed for the removal of chokeholds in national law enforcement tactics earlier this month.
She told Spectrum News on July 2 that it’s time for the country to focus on the fact that
“another young black man, unarmed, has been killed by someone who is supposed to protect and serve.”
“It needs to be done all over the nation and any iteration of that, whether it is the arm or the knee or a piece of equipment, used to cut off the breathing to interfere with the ability for those who are the victims of these tactics to be killed,”
A short clip of the incident was shared on social media.
(via The Sun)