Maxine Waters: Police Think Their Job ‘Is to Keep Black People in Their Place’
'I believe that it stems from the history of this country'
Democrat Maxine Waters claimed that law enforcement believes their "greatest challenge and their greatest choir is to keep black people in their place.”
During Spectrum News 1’s “In Focus SoCal," Anchor Tanya McRae asked:
“We again witnessed racial tensions explode in this country after the death of George Floyd."
"Why do you think this country has such difficulty learning from history and making real changes when it comes to violence and injustice done to black people.”
“I believe that it stems from the history of this country."
"It stems from slavery when whites were absolutely in charge, and they absolutely controlled the lives of people and their families," she added.
"They decided to separate families and send the boys in one direction, the girls in another the mothers to the big house."
"I mean, they’ve always been in charge. I think that this thinking about the need to control, the need to you know, make sure that people stay in their place, so-called, has been what has basically what has happened in America all of these years."
"And I think it continues in various ways. Sometimes a little bit more sophisticated ways.”
“The police, I think, really believe and in some ways are led to believe that their greatest challenge and their greatest choir is to keep black people in their place.”
Waters' remarks come after Los Angeles called for additional funding for police as violent crimes soar.
Los Angeles Police Department officers have filed 88% more reports of shots fired than the same time period in 2020.
Meanwhile, gunshot victims in L.A. are up 141% compared to 2020.
Homicides are also up 39%, according to Crosstown, a nonprofit news organization based out of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
Last year, Waters blamed President Donald Trump for “cops killing black people” in response to George Floyd's death.
Waters told TMZ at the time she thought the Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin “enjoyed doing it.”