Piers Morgan says 'reprehensible' Maxine Waters could help Derek Chauvin escape justice with her call for riots

PIERS Morgan has hit out at ‘reprehensible’ Maxine Waters for her comments over the Chauvin trial, claiming her call for riots could help him escape justice.

The British broadcaster said the Democratic congresswoman’s “outrageous clarion call” for violent protests should Chauvin be found not guilty could cause “horrific damage” to justice if the case goes to appeal.

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“It's hard to imagine a more stupid, reckless, reprehensible or incendiary thing for a sitting member of Congress to do,” wrote Piers Morgan in a column for the Daily Mail.

“And who knows what horrific damage Waters may have done to justice if this case now goes to appeal?”

Morgan’s outrage follows comments made by Waters on Saturday, April 17, that were slammed by Judge Peter Cahill as an "abhorrent" intervention.

Waters has been widely criticized after telling protesters to "stay on the street and get more active, more confrontational" if cop Derek Chauvin is not found guilty.

She spoke during a riot in Minnesota following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

“We've got to get justice in this country,” said Waters, “and we cannot allow these killings to continue.

"We've got to stay on the street, and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational.

"We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business. I hope we're going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don't, we cannot go away.”

Judge Cahill told the court in Minneapolis that Waters' comments at a rally in the city on Saturday, April 17, could even see a guilty verdict appealed and overturned – after ex-cop Chauvin's attorney argued the jury has been unduly influenced.

Firebrand TV presenter Morgan added: “I don't think for a moment that Chauvin will be acquitted altogether if he appeals.

"But if he were to subsequently get off any of the charges, and serve a lesser sentence as a result, than that will be on Maxine Waters.”

He also criticized US president Joe Biden for remarks about the trial, asking "what was President Biden doing speaking out before the verdicts came back?"

"What's the difference, frankly, between Maxine Waters inciting protestors to get 'more confrontational', or President Biden effectively saying a guilty verdict was the only acceptable one and giving protestors moral justification if they didn't get the result they wanted – and what they both accused Trump of doing before the Capitol riots on January 6?" he questioned.

"These senior Democrats weren't just playing to the gallery with these reckless remarks, they were playing with justice."

Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Derek Chauvin's trial, said the guilty former Minneapolis police officer will be sentenced in eight weeks.

As he was led away in cuffs after being found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter, Cahill said Chauvin's defense will have to submit paperwork to the court.

This procedure involves a pre-sentencing investigation that acts as a sort of background check for the defendant, which will help the judge determine the length of the sentence.

The prosecution also filed a "Blakely" motion, which will push for an upward departure based on aggravating factors.

Chauvin waived his right to have a jury decide whether those factors are enough to justify a longer sentence, and instead will have Cahill make the decision.

He faces a maximum of 75 years in prison for the crimes, but would likely serve each sentence consecutively – 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter is 10 years.

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