Ilhan Omar: Derek Chauvin Trial ‘Feels Like a Closed Case’
'Hopefully, this verdict will come soon'
Progressive Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar said the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota “feels like a closed case."
“The case to me, feels like a closed case, where it shouldn’t be… ummm.. even a question of whether there will.. uuhh… be an acquittal," Omar said.
"Umm.. or a..a..a verdict that doesn’t meet the scale of the crime that was committed."
Omar also added the trial’s verdict could signal a turning point in the community, saying she is “prayed up” and “holding on to one another.”
“And hopefully, this verdict will come soon,” she said.
She also reiterated during a press conference in Brooklyn Center:
“Our communities are tired and exhausted, really, at this repeated offense and assault that continues to happen.”
“Where we continue to find ourselves in a state of mourning, in a state of exhaustion, in a state of trauma, and constantly seeing so much pain unearthed every single day,” she continued.
“I know that we’ve been asking for accountability; we’ve been asking for transparency,” Omar said.
“We’ve been asking for transformational change.”
“And I know to me that Black Lives Matter is not a hashtag and should never be just a hashtag,” she said.
“When we think about the police state, the police system, and we think about all of the systems of injustice that exist in this country, they are systems that have been created by men, and they are codified by law,” Omar said.
The “closed case," which Omar refers to, in legal terminology, is a case that is complete and in the past, with nothing more to do.
Maybe Omar meant the case as an open and shut case, which means a slam-dunk.
Omar’s remarks come after Democrat Maxine Waters used confrontational language regarding the case Saturday.
Her remarks stirred Judge Peter Cahill, who is currently presiding over the trial, to say he hoped “elected officials would stop talking about this case.”
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” he said to Chauvin’s defense team.
Waters defended herself on Monday by saying that Republicans were trying to "send a message to all of the white supremacists" by criticizing her call for Black Lives Matter to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is found not guilty.