Why Tyler Perry Thinks We Should Not Defund the Police
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Christian movie mogul Tyler Perry doesn’t want to “defund the police” because he believes the country actually needs more officers.
“I would challenge people to do research and find out what [‘defund the police’] means,” Perry said on an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Now, you’ve got to understand this — I’m not for taking money from the police department. I think we need more police. My studio is in a neighborhood where I think we need police.”
Perry’s comments come on the heels of racial injustice concerns amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Perry went on to clarify his comments this way:
But we don’t need police that have — that are under-trained. And you’ve got to understand — I have really close friends who are police officers that I love dearly, who are really good people, who have been very, very hurt by this, as well. And here’s what I want you to understand, Anderson, wrong — where there is wrong, I’m going to stand up against it. When Rayshard Brooks was murdered, I thought that was wrong. When George — George Floyd was murdered, I thought that was wrong, like so many other people. But when a police officer who was white in a suburb in Atlanta was shot in the head by a shoplifter, I thought that was wrong, too, and I reached out to do what I can to help his family.
Perry’s support of well-intentioned police officers shouldn’t come as a surprise.
In recent months, the MEDEA creator donated supermarket gift cards to Atlanta police.
“This is about the good police officers who do their job well every day, some of whom are my personal friends,” Perry said. “This is about trying to bridge unity in a city that adopted me and held me up high enough to reach my own branch on the tree of success.”
Perry also has pointed others towards Jesus during this time, instead of stoking fires of frustration.
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