Actor Morgan Freeman has rejected the idea of defunding the police, which has become a popularised notion following the death of George Floyd.
The idea, which calls for the police forces to be defunded and have the money channelled into other groups that can help the community, has received quite significant support from plenty of people.
However, Mr. Freeman has expressed his opposition to the idea, saying that it won’t do any good.
He spoke to Black Enterprise’s Selena Hill where he stated, “I’m not in the least bit for defunding the police.”
He 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.”
Freeman explained that policing needs to get back to its core principles and has previously invested $1 million into creating a Center for Evidence-Based Policing Reform within the University of Mississippi.
“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,”.
IMAGE – Morgan Freeman (via Instagram)