Actor Morgan Freeman has rejected the woke movement of defunding the police, stating that he is "not the least bit" supportive of it.
During an interview with Black Enterprise magazine’s Selena Hill on Thursday he said, “I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police."
Freeman continued, “Police work is, aside from all the negativity around it, it is very necessary for us to have them, and most of them are guys that are doing their job. They’re going about their day-to-day jobs. There are some police the never pulled their guns except in rage, that sort of thing. I don’t know.”
Along with co-star Frankie Faison, Freeman was promoting his new film, The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain. The film follows the aftermath of the police-involved shooting of Faison’s character, an elderly, black, U.S. veteran.
For his part, Faison agreed with Freeman, saying, “I’m certainly not in favor of defunding policemen.”
Freeman has put his money where his mouth is, as well. Along with his disinterest in supporting the defund the police movement, Freeman donated a million dollars to an effort to train police officers for community engagement.
The actor gave his gift to the University of Mississippi in June to help establish the Center for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform. The new department intends to help train police from Mississippi and elsewhere to better engage the community in crime prevention and conflict resolution.
“Look at the past year in our country – that sums it up,” Freeman said in the university’s press release. “It’s time we are equipping police officers with training and ensuring law enforcement is not defined only as a gun and a stick. Policing should be about that phrase ‘To Serve’ found on most law enforcement vehicles.”
It is refreshing to see a celebrity that many people adore come out in support of our men and women in blue. It is too easy for folks to get caught up in woke storms. People like Freeman help keep the masses grounded in reality.
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