Democratic Rep. Waters stops her vehicle to monitor LA police stop of African-American motorist

The California congresswoman was captured on video checking in on the scene this weekend in Los Angeles

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)
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Updated: July 20, 2020 - 11:32pm

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California Democratic Rep.ย Maxine Waters this past weekend stopped her vehicle on a Los Angles street to watch officers make a traffic stop on a Black motorist.

The encounterย was captured on a 15-second bystander video posted Sunday.

Waters, who is 81-years-old, told onlookers that she was observing the officers from the Los Angles County Sheriff's Department to ensure that no misconduct occurred.

"They stopped a brother so I stopped to see what they were doing,"ย Waters is heard saying on the video.

She also suggested the officers said that she had illegally parked her SUV before approaching them.

"They say I'm in the wrong place," Waters says. "They're going to give me a ticket, but that's OK, as long as I watch them."

A woman off-camera is then heard saying, "You gotta do what you gotta do."ย 

Cities across the country are witnessing continued demonstrations that began after the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black American,ย at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.ย 

Today, tens of thousands of essential workers are expected to walk-off their jobs in rolling shifts, as part of the continued effort to protest racial and economic inequality in the country.ย 

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