Actor and producer Morgan Freeman has flatly rejected the movement to defund police enacted by the progressive left during an Oct. 6 interview with Selena Hill of Black Enterprise magazine.
While discussing his latest film, “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain,” which centers on the real-life story of an elderly black veteran who is killed in 2011 by police, Freeman shared his stance on pulling funding from the police.
He said, “I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police,” in the interview posted on Instagram.
Adding that police work “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 policeman who would never even pull their guns except, you know, in range that sort of thing.”
Apparently the Hollywood actor’s response to the question about the “AbolishThePolice” movement, which promotes defunding the police, caught the interviewer by surprise, who, she noted in the publication, “is an avid supporter of defunding the police and the ideas behind the movement.”
The “AbolishThePolice” movement became a popular rallying cry among Hollywood’s elite over the past year and very few celebrities rallied to defend the police force.
But it wasn’t just Freeman who voiced his disapproval of police defunding. Frankie Faison, the movie co-star who plays the man shot by police and who also participated in the interview, agreed with Freeman’s sentiments.
“Well, I agree with Morgan,” Faison told the interviewer. “I’m certainly not in favor of defunding policemen.”
He also added that Hollywood stars are “treated a little differently by law enforcement than people who are just of ordinary walks of life,” and that he would like to see that stop.
In June of this year, Freeman, along with a University of Mississippi criminal justice professor, donated $1 million to the educational institution to establish a Center for Evidence-Based Reform and Policing.
The center is intended to help train police in Mississippi and elsewhere to better engage the community in crime prevention and conflict resolution, according to Breitbart.
At the time, as quoted in a press release, Freeman said, “Look at the past year in our country, that sums it up.”
“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,” the actor added.
Freeman’s new film The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is based on the 2011 police involved-killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a Black veteran suffering from bipolar disorder who accidentally triggered his medical alert device and was fatally shot by responding officers who arrived to check on him.
The late man’s family filed a federal civil suit for $21 million against the City of White Plains and the White Plains Police Department. The court ruled in the cops’ favor, so Chamberlain’s family appealed the decision and won, according to Forbes.