- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2020

Rep. Maxine Waters said Thursday that President Trump’s racist “dog-whistling” emboldened the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

“I’m reflecting on all the killings of young black men in particular, but of course black woman, too, at the hands of the police and at the hands of these white supremacists,” the California Democrat told TMZ in a virtual interview.

“I’m thinking about the way that the president conducts himself,” she continued. “In a way he’s dog-whistling, and I think that they are feeling that they can get away with this kind of treatment. I think that the officer who had his name on his neck enjoyed doing what he was doing. I believe sometimes some of these offices leave home thinking, ‘I’m going to get me one today.’ And I think this is his one that he got today, and he didn’t care whether or not anybody was photographing him.”

Racial tensions, compounded by months of lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, reached a boiling point in the country this week after Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground by the neck for nearly eight minutes.

Riots, burnings and looting rocked Minneapolis for the third night in a row Thursday and multiple protests took place in major cities across the country.

Four officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired and will potentially face charges. The FBI is conducting a federal civil rights investigation into the incident.

According to Ms. Waters, the officers who allowed the one to pin Floyd by the neck are “just as guilty as he is.”

“The justice system does not work, because the justice system will find a way to protect those officers in most cases,” she said. “They will find justifiable homicide. And that’s what we’ve got to deal with. We’ve got to deal with the fact that we’re in America with a justice system that does not work for everybody.”

For his part, Mr. Trump said Wednesday that he requested the FBI and Department of Justice expedite Floyd’s case so that “justice” can be served.

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