Morgan Freeman says he rejects the idea of defunding the police across the country, saying that ‘most of them are doing their job’ while breaking with his typically progressive leanings.
‘I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police,’ Freeman said in an
‘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 that never pulled their guns except in rage, that sort of thing. I don’t know.’
The 84-year-old actor was there promoting his new movie, ‘The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain,’ a film about a police killing of an elderly black veteran.
‘I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police,’ Freeman said in an interview with Black Enterprise’s Selena Hill
Freeman, pictured, added that ‘most (cops) are doing their job’ while breaking with his typically progressive leanings
The news comes just months after Freeman, along with a criminal justice professor at the University of Mississippi, Linda Keena, donated $1 million to the school to create a Center for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform.
‘Look at the past year in our country – that sums it up,’ Freeman said in June.
‘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.’
Meanwhile, Freeman’s co-star in the film, Frankie Faison, agreed with the legendary actor’s take on not defunding the police nationwide.
Freeman’s co-star in the film, Frankie Faison, pictured, agreed with the legendary actor’s take on not defunding the police nationwide
Morgan Freeman backstage during the American Black Film Festival Honors Awards Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 23, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California
‘I would like for that to stop, I would like for us all to be treated equally,’ Faison said.
Selena Hill, who was interviewing Freeman, said that although she is an ‘avid supporter of defunding the police,’ they did both agree on being vocal about stopping police violence against African-Americans.
‘I spoke with legendary actor and producer Morgan Freeman and actor Frankie Faison (The Wire) about their new film ‘The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain,’ which is based on the real-life murder of a 68-year-old Black veteran who was fatally shot by police inside his home in White Plains, NY,’ she captioned an
‘Although both Mr. Freeman and Mr. Faison were vocal about the need to stop police violence against Black bodies, they both rejected the idea of ‘defunding the police.’
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Kenneth Chamberlain Jr, pictured, poses for a portrait before a screening of ‘The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain,’ a film about his father who was killed by police, in White Plains, NY
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr, (pictured left) embraces his family after a screening of ‘The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain’
‘Well, I agree with Morgan,’ Faison told Hill.
‘I’m certainly not in favor of defunding policemen.’
However, Faison did add that Hollywood stars like Freeman are ‘treated a little differently by law enforcement than people who are just of ordinary walks of life.’
‘In my opinion, their response is a reflection of the movement’s struggle to educate certain parts of our community about what the phrase actually means.’