Morgan Freeman does not support police funding
Freeman shared his take on police work: “It is very necessary for us to have them and most of them are guys doing their job”
Oscar winner Morgan freeman said he was “not for police funding at all.”
Freeman and actor Frankie Faison sat down for an interview with Selena hill of Black company, who questioned the two actors on their position on policing.
“Police work is, aside from all the negativity that surrounds it, it’s very necessary for us to have them and most of them are guys doing their jobs,” Freeman said. “They go about their daily business. There are police officers who would never take out their guns except within range, that sort of thing. “
“Well, I agree with Morgan,” Faison said. “I am certainly not in favor of funding police officers.”
Freeman made the comments while he and Faison were promoting their new movie, The murder of Kenneth Chamberlain.
Police shot dead Chamberlain, 68, on November 19, 2011, after arriving at his home when Chamberlain’s LifeAid medical alert collar was inadvertently triggered. Although they insisted that he did not need help, the officers broke down his door; Chamberlain was shot after charging them with a knife.
Chamberlain was a retired sailor and a 20-year veteran of the Westchester County Corrections Department. The film stars Faison as Chamberlain and also stars Anika Noni Rose. The murder of Kenneth Chamberlain was released last month; Freeman is an executive producer.
Earlier this year, Freeman and professor of legal studies Linda keena donated $ 1 million to establish the Center for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform at the University of Mississippi.
“Look at the past year in our country – that sums it all up,” Freeman said. “It’s time to train the police and ensure that law enforcement is not defined as just a gun and a stick. Police departments should focus on that phrase “Serve” found on most law enforcement vehicles. “
The center will focus on building relationships and sharing data with law enforcement agencies as well as using the data to improve student preparedness for criminal justice.
In an interview with Ole Miss, Freeman was asked if any of the stories of police violence remained in his memory. “All the stories are stuck in my mind,” he said. “I often talk to the police when I see them going out and ask them how they would do their job if they didn’t have guns. The support of this center consists in finding ways to help the agents and to arrive at solutions. “
“The goal should be to give officers as many tools as possible to do their jobs more efficiently,” said Keena, associate professor of criminal justice. “Our faculty will address critical issues intrinsically linked to the current and historical landscape of policing, such as race, class, prejudice and lack of compassion. Requiring law enforcement to only be re-certified in the use of their weapons each year is not enough. “
Freeman was born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi. He resides in Charleston, Mississippi, and has a residence in New York.
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