It's good to see that not everyone in Hollywood has completely lost their mind. Tyler Perry appeared on CNN and was interviewed by Anderson Cooper and discussed his stances on police reform.
The actor and director made it clear that he does not support "taking money from the police department," and added "we need more police" despite calls for the defunding of police.
"My studio is in a neighborhood where I think we need police. But we don’t need police that are undertrained," Perry added. His studio is based out of Atlanta.
“I think we need the police. I know that I need the police. I have several that work for me here at the studio," the star said. "We need them. But we need them reformed. We need them trained well, we need the right structure."
CNN - 7/29/2020 - Tyler Perry on #DefundThePolice
"But taking money from the police department to make the police department smaller, that troubles me" pic.twitter.com/s5jM8Uq0Vu
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"Some of the things inside of defunding the police, I really understand. Like having officers who are clinically trained to deal with certain situations. I think all of those things are helpful, but taking money from the police department to make the police department smaller, that troubles me,” Perry continued.
“I became very, very optimistic when everybody galvanized together, because I know that’s when change comes. When people galvanize and come together as one, that’s when change happens,” the movie star explained. “But lately, I’ve been very, very concerned that the message is being hijacked by some other groups, or political ads and parties that are trying to stop the message of what we’re asking for here is police reform.”
This is something a lot of people are concerned about. We have a very tragic but unifying moment when George Floyd was killed. It has since been hijacked with violence and attacks all police.
It's good to see a movie star with some reasonable stances on the police. Thank you, Tyler Perry.
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