Maxine Waters intervenes after Black man is pulled over by police
A bystander videotaped the congresswoman, as she parked in front of the officers' car and checked to make sure he followed proper detaining procedures
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-D) stopped her car to see why police officers pulled over a Black man in Los Angeles.
Waters, who has served as the United States representative for California’s 43rd congressional district since 1991, used her power as a concerned citizen to make sure a man of color was treated fairly.
A bystander videotaped the congresswoman as she parked on South Vermont Avenue in front of a police car. She stopped to survey the manner in which the Los Angeles police officers detained a Black man.
“They stopped a brother, so I stopped to see what they were doing,” said Walters to onlookers as a person recorded the incident from a bus on July 19. The people off-camera encouraged her commitment to keeping the cops accountable as she walked toward the police car.
A man re-posted the original video to Twitter:
The man lives in the district that Waters represents. According to reports, the United States representative shared that the deputies told her she parked illegally and in danger of getting a ticket.
Twitter gave her efforts to aid the Black motorist mixed reviews:
While some people were in agreeance with an officer citing Waters’ parking violation, others were in support of her decision to stand up for a person she believed to be in need.
Many on Twitter noted that when Waters held the cops accountable, she became an example of how politicians should invest in the communities that they represent.
Rep. Maxine Waters has not commented on this incident.
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