Anti-Maxine Waters protest canceled, Black Panthers take over

LOS ANGELES — More than 50 counter-protesters awaited to intercept a demonstration against Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., in front of her office in South Los Angeles on Thursday. The initial protest was set up by a national organization made up of former military and law enforcement officers known as the Oath Keepers. The group planned to protest against the congresswoman for her latest comments and criticism of President Trump and his administration.

Ready to defend Waters, several members of Black Panther Party wielded metal pipes, bats, and signs as they waved the Pan-African Flag and chanted “black power.” Members of the Local 36, a roofers union, also stood in support of the congresswoman.