Actor Tyler Perry Defies Dem Narrative, Tells Anderson Cooper: 'We Need More Police'
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Movie Producer and actor Tyler Perry defied the Democratic narrative this week and came out against the idea of defunding the police.
During an interview on CNN, Perry called for more police officers.
Anchor Anderson Cooper asked Perry if he was “optimistic, now, in a way that you haven’t been before when you see the protests taking place” among “people of all colors” against perceived systemic bias in the criminal justice system.
“I was very optimistic,” Perry said, who added that he does believe so-called systemic bias exists. “I became optimistic when I saw so many people get it.”
“So, when they saw George Floyd’s death, this horrific, horrible death played out as this man pleaded for his life and begged, said ‘please’ many, many times, it — seeing it changes everything,” he told CNN.
“So, 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.
“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, right?”
Cooper later asked Perry what he thought of the “defund police” movement.
“Well, when I first heard it, I was troubled by it, I thought OK, this is — this is going to be weaponized by — in this political year. I completely thought that that was happening. That’s exactly what’s happened. It’s been weaponized,” Perry said.
“But I did some research. And what I would challenge people to do is do research and find out what it means,” he said.
“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 added.
Perry said the country doesn’t need police officers who are “under-trained.”
“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,” he said.
“I think we need the police, I know that I need the police,” he said. “We need them, but we need them reformed, we need them trained well. We need the right structure.”
“Taking money from the police department to make the police department smaller, that troubles me,” the media mogul concluded.
It sure is refreshing to hear someone out of Hollywood not sound like a complete left-wing radical.