Los Angeles, CA – U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) stopped her car and jumped out to intervene in a police traffic stop involving a black man on Friday in her district (video below).
The incident occurred on July 17 on South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, the New York Post reported.
Video posted to social media showed that passersby recognized the notoriously anti-police legislator and began filming her antics as they called out to her.
“They stopped a brother so I stopped to see what they were doing,” Waters explained to them in the video, pointing to a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy standing next to a patrol car.
“They say I’m in the wrong place and they’re going to give me a ticket,” she told the person filming and gestured to where her own car was stopped in traffic a few feet ahead of the stopped police vehicle.
“But that’s okay,” Waters continued. “As long as I watch them…”
“Gotta do what you gotta do,” a woman on the other side of the video agreed.
Then the congresswoman took her leave and headed back over to the deputy, the video showed.
“Bye Maxine, good luck!” a man off camera hollered as the video ended.
TMZ, who first reported on Waters’ traffic stop appearance, interpreted that the sheriff’s deputy threatening the lawmaker with a parking ticket indicated they were not happy to have her participation.
The video was posted to social media on Friday and went viral on Saturday, according to the New York Post.
Waters founded the Black Women’s Forum and has been involved in state and federal police reform measures.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: