Though anti-law enforcement rhetoric has become accepted doctrine among leftist elites, including those in Hollywood, legendary actor Morgan Freeman has bucked the trend by declaring his opposition to the push to shift funding away from police departments across the country, as the Washington Examiner reports.
During an interview with Black Enterprise in support of his latest film project, Freeman was asked for his position on the subject, which has become a political hot button ever since the death of George Floyd back in May of 2020.
While making clear his belief that instances of police violence within communities of color certainly deserve attention, Freeman declared, “I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police.”
Freeman added, “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 who would never pulled their guns except in a range, that sort of thing.”
As further evidence of Freeman’s desire to improve, not defund, police working in especially challenging environments, Breitbart noted that back in June, the actor donated a million dollars to facilitate the establishment of the Center for Evidenced-Based Policing and Reform at the University of Mississippi.
The outlet added that the purpose of the endeavor is to assist in providing training to police officers in Mississippi and beyond that will result in greater community engagement, application of conflict resolution techniques, and overall prevention of criminal activity.
As Breitbart added, in a press release announcing his generous financial gift, Freeman was quoted as saying, “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.”
Freeman’s comments against the police defunding movement were heartily lauded by Fox News contributor Leo Terrell, who said during an appearance on Fox & Friends Weekend on Sunday that the actor was likely to get “some blowback” from the Hollywood establishment, but that he felt compelled to “applaud him for speaking out.”
“It shatters this ridiculous concept that [Black Americans] think alike; we all hate the police. We don’t hate the police. We love the police because 98% of them, maybe 99%, they protect us,” Terrell added, expressing a sentiment that sadly, rarely receives the media amplification it deserves.