Actor Denzel Washington has played a member of law enforcement in 13 movies, and it is in large part thanks to this experience that he has such a high opinion of men and women in uniform.
It also appears to be why he has a very low opinion of those who “put down” members of law enforcement and the military who put their lives on the line so we have the freedom to complain about their jobs.
Coming from the mouth of easily the most legendary African-African actor of the modern age, this flies in the face the popular anti-police mentality promoted so frequently by woke corporate entertainment industry culture.
“I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives. I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do,” Denzel Washington told Yahoo Entertainment as reported by Breitbart News.
Washington was promoting his latest film, The Little Things, in which he portrays a Los Angeles County Sheriff chasing a serial killer played by Jared Leto.
He went on to explain that his respect for members of law enforcement was shaped in part during a 1991 ride-along preparing for the film Ricochet.
“I went out on a call with a sergeant. We got a call of a man outside his house with a rifle that was distraught,” Washington explained.
“We pulled up and did a U-turn past the house and came up short of the house. He told me to sit in the car, which I was gonna do. I wasn’t getting out. He got out. As he got out, another car came screaming up, and two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather. This policeman defused the entire situation by just remaining calm.”
The actor explained that this revealed to him in an “instant” the risk that LEOs take.
“But it showed me in an instant how they can lose their life,” Washington said. “He didn’t overreact. He could’ve pulled his gun out and shot the people that came up driving real fast. He could’ve shot the old man that was distraught and a bit confused; I think he was suffering a little bit from dementia. But in an instant, it taught me, and I never forgot it, what our law enforcement people have to deal with moment to moment, second to second.”
Breitbart notes that last May, Washington was captured on video appearing to try to diffuse a situation between a homeless man and police outside a West Hollywood restaurant, placing himself between the man and the officers.
One of the Los Angeles Police Officers had publicly thanked Washington, whom he called a good Samaritan.
We wonder if this film will be shown in public schools during Black History Month to redefine the false stereotype about police who work in the black community. (Don’t count on it.)