During a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington made his support for America’s police and soldiers very clear and called out people who “put down” America’s law enforcement and military.
“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.”
Washington, who has portrayed law enforcement in 13 different movies, was promoting his latest film, The Little Things, in which he stars as a Los Angeles County Sheriff with a checkered past and who sets out to nab a serial killer.
He went on to explain that his respect for law enforcement was also shaped from first-hand knowledge after an incident he witnessed during a ride-along in 1991, while he was researching a role for the film Ricochet. He said:
“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. 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, two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather. This policeman defused the entire situation by just remaining calm.”
Washington said that the officer was able to defuse the situation without resorting to any type of violence. He said:
“But, it showed me in an instant how they can lose their life. 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.”… Via – Law Enforcement Today