The judge in Derek Chauvin's trial has said Rep. Maxine Walters' comments could overturn the whole case...
And he slammed Waters' call for protesters to "get confrontational" if the ex-cop is cleared in the death of George Floyd.
Here's the full story...
Now, the world changed forever on May 25th, 2020 when George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was ruthlessly killed by police officers...
Floyd tragically died after a police officer pinned him on the ground and knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes.
And the independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure."
This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.
In the days following the incident, there was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved to face criminal charges for their actions.
Their names were Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao.
Well, the day after Floyd's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired...
via: GettyAnd after an overwhelming surge of anger and protest, the officers were arrested just days later.
Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was arrested and charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
His bond was set at $50,000 before he faced an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, according to Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.
Well, Chauvin's trial kicked off on March 29th in Minneapolis...
And what happened outside of the courtroom was truly touching.
Floyd's brother took a knee in front of Hennepin County Courthouse for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time Chauvin knelt on his brother's neck.
Reverend Al Sharpton, Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump, Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams and other supporters joined the brother, Philonise Floyd, in his silent act of protest.
It was a moment of both solidarity and protest...
And for everyone who was there, the raw emotion in the air was undeniable.
And as for what happened in the courtroom?
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started by playing the horrifying video of the moment the former cop dug his knee into Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
Trial attorney Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement, where he argued that Chauvin "betrayed the badge" when he crushed the life out of Floyd:
The prosecutor in the Derek Chauvin case just told the jury: as several bystanders watched police officers ending G… https://t.co/hSRbjy29xp— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1617031015.0
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
The teenager who filmed the harrowing footage of Floyd's death testified in court...
Her recount of the events that took place that day were truly disturbing.
Eighteen-year-old Darnella Frazier began her testimony by describing what it was like to witness "a white man pinning a Black man to the ground"...
And her emotions were clearly running high, according to the Star Tribune.
"When I look at George Floyd I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles because they are all Black. I have a Black father, I have a Black brother, I have Black friends. I look at that and how it could have been one of them," she said.
She added that there have been nights since then when "I've stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life."
"It's not what I should have done, it's what [Chauvin] should have done."
Many of the jurors had visibly sympathetic expressions when Frazier spoke about apologizing to Floyd...
And Frazier wept at times, allowing her tears to flow without wiping away.
She also testified that she viewed Chauvin that night as having a "cold look, heartless. It didn't seem like he cared."
If convicted of the most serious count, Chauvin could face up to forty years in prison...
8 minutes and 46 seconds is way too long to have your knee on a human being's neck. 1 minute is too long. It shoul… https://t.co/iN4PlFgal6— ReallyAmerican.com 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican.com 🇺🇸)1617028379.0
But if he's found guilty of manslaughter, he faces a maximum penalty of ten years; though he could be free within 5.
After 3 weeks of testimony, the jury can now start deliberating...
The prosecutor's final comments to the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin: You were told that Mr. Floyd died beca… https://t.co/Grq9Z70FIu— Josh Campbell (@Josh Campbell)1618865831.0
And a verdict is expected at any moment; although it could take any time between a few hours to a few weeks.
But now, the judge overlooking the trial has warned that the whole case could be "overturned"...
And that's because of Rep. Maxine Waters recent comments about the verdict.
On Sunday, Californian Congresswoman Waters spoke to a crowd of demonstrators protesting the death of Daunte Wright at the Brooklyn Center in Minnesota.
"We've got to stay in the streets, and we've got to demand justice," she urged the crowd, according to one tweeted clip.
"We're looking for a guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial for the police killing of George Floyd where deliberations will begin next week," she then said.
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted https://t.co/RemfvCCLAn— Petrol Smuggler Poso (@Petrol Smuggler Poso)1618719293.0
"And if we don't, we cannot go away. We've got to get more confrontational."
Well, Waters' comments didn't go down well with Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who is overlooking the trial.
As per the New York Post, defense attorney Eric Nelson has urged Judge Cahill to declare a mistrial, arguing that "an elected official, U.S Congressperson" made statements that "I think are reasonably interpreted to be threats against the sanctity of the jury process" and had the effect of "threatening and intimidating the jury."
Cahill denied the motion but told Nelson:
"I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned."
He wasn't impressed, at all.
"This goes back to what I've been saying from the beginning. I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function."
The judge continued:
"I think if they want to give their opinion they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect a co-equal branch of government. Their failure to do so, I think, is abhorrent, but I don't think it's prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury."
"A Congresswoman's opinion really doesn't matter a whole lot."
You can watch a clip of Waters at the demonstration above.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.