Actor Morgan Freeman rejects defunding the police: 'Most of them' are 'doing their job,' he says

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Daily Mail 10 October, 2021 - 05:41pm

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Former mayoral candidate Lance Randall rips the defund-the-police movement.

Actor Morgan Freeman broke with the progressive left during a recent interview and said he does not support the movement to strip funding from police departments across the country.

"I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police," Freeman said in an interview with Black Enterprise’s Selena Hill. "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."

Freeman was promoting his new movie, "The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain," which centers around the story of an elderly Black veteran being killed by police.

Frankie Faison, who co-stars with Freeman in the film and plays the man shot by police, agreed with Freeman in the interview about defunding the police.

"Well, I agree with Morgan," Faison told Hill. "I’m certainly not in favor of defunding policemen."

Faison did add that Hollywood stars are "treated a little differently by law enforcement than people who are just of ordinary walks of life."

"I would like for that to stop, I would like for us all to be treated equally," Faison said.

"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."

Andrew Mark Miller is a writer at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @andymarkmiller and email tips to AndrewMark.Miller@Fox.com

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Morgan Freeman rejects movement to defund the police: ‘Most of them are doing their job’

The Independent 11 October, 2021 - 06:12am

Police abolition is a movement that has gained momentum in recent years, especially within the US. Advocates propose replacing the police with alternative public safety infrastructure.

The movement has gained momentum in part as a response to police violence.

Speaking to Black Enterprise’s Selena Hill, the veteran actor said: “I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police.

“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.”

For an breakdown of what exactly is meant by “defunding the police”, you can click here.

Freeman can next be seen starring in The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, a drama which focuses on the story of an elderly Black veteran who is killed by the police.

Frankie Faison, who plays Kenneth Chamberlain in the film, endorsed Morgan’s comments in the same interview.

“Well, I agree with Morgan,” Faison said. “I’m certainly not in favour of defunding policemen.”

Earlier this year, Freeman collaborated with a criminal justice professor to donate $1m to the University of Mississippi, for the purposes of establishing a Centre for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform.

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Leo Terrell applauds Morgan Freeman's opposition to defund the police movement

Fox News 11 October, 2021 - 06:12am

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The Fox News contributor argued law enforcement is good for all communities to ensure public safety.

Fox News contributor Leo Terrell applauded Morgan Freeman on "Fox & Friends Weekend" Sunday for his opposition to the defund the police movement, arguing law enforcement is good for all communities to ensure public safety. Terrell continued by saying the Black community loves the police, but predicted Freeman would experience pushback from the Hollywood elite over his remarks. 

LEO TERRELL: Well, you know, I hope he has plenty of job security and financial stability because he's going to be attacked by Cori Bush and the left… What bothers me is that people think that Black people think the same way. They think that we all hate the police and that police officers are bad for the community. It's the contrary. Democratic cities, people of color, of all color, they want the police. Morgan Freeman is in that Hollywood elite, so he's going to get some blowback. I applaud him for speaking out because it shatters this ridiculous concept that we 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. Twenty-four seven, when we're asleep at night, they're out there protecting us. 

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Morgan Freeman rebukes 'defund the police' movement to journalist who supports 'AbolishThePolice'

TheBlaze 11 October, 2021 - 06:12am

In a recent interview, Freeman rejected the premise that police officers are bad people and that money needs to be shifted away from police departments.

"I'm not in the least bit for defunding the police," Freeman said in an interview with Black Enterprise's Selena Hill.

"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," Freeman added. "I know some policemen who would never even pull their guns, except in a range, that sort of thing."

Freeman was promoting his new movie, "The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain," for which he served as an executive producer. The movie chronicles the tragic real-life story of Chamberlain, who was killed by police in November 2011. Chamberlain, a New York resident, was a veteran of the Marine Corps.

Frankie Faison, who portrays Chamberlain in the film, appeared alongside Freeman in the interview, and affirmed Freeman's perspective.

"Well, I agree with Morgan," Faison told Hill. "I'm certainly not in favor of defunding the policemen."

Both men, however, expressed the need to address police violence, and agreed that, as Faison said, their experience as wealthy, successful Hollywood personalities means "police treat you differently."

Interestingly, Freeman and Faison expressed their view to an interviewer who supports the "defund the police" movement.

"To be clear, I'm an avid supporter of defunding police and the ideas behind the #AbolishThePolice movement," Hill wrote on her Instagram post.

Freeman joined forces with a criminal justice professor to donate $1 million to the University of Mississippi earlier this year to establish the Center for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform.

"Look at the past year in our country – that sums it up," Freeman said, USA Today reported. "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."

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