While many in Hollywood today support the Defund the Police movement, actor Denzel Washington says law enforcement agencies and members of the US military deserve our respect.
Washington has played an investigator or cop in many films, both as a hero and as a crooked cop.
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"I have the greatest respect for what you do"
In a recent interview with Yahoo to promote his new movie, The Little Things, in which he plays a good cop, Washington was asked how he felt about cops at a time when they are receiving so much criticism .
"I have the greatest respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do (people) who sacrifice their lives," said Washington.
"I just don't care about people who put these types of people down," added Washington. "If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have the freedom to complain about what they're doing."
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Washington said his respect for police law began early in his career with his 1991 film Ricochet.
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In this film, he played assistant district attorney Nick Styles. In preparation, Denzel made a ride with an LAPD officer who stayed with him.
"I went with a sergeant on call," Washington said. "We got a call from a man outside his house with a gun that was disturbed."
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"It immediately showed me how you can lose your life … He didn't overreact"
"We stopped and did a U-turn past the house and came just outside the house," recalled the actor. “He told me to sit in the car, which I would do. I didn't come out. "
"He got out. As he got out, another car popped up screaming and two young people jumped out screaming," Washington said. "It turned out to be their grandfather. This cop defused the whole situation by simply staying calm is. "
"But it immediately showed me how they can lose their lives," he explained. "He didn't overreact."
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"I have never forgotten what our law enforcement officers have to do from moment to moment, from second to second"
Washington said, "He could have pulled out his gun and shot people who were driving very fast. He could have shot the old man who was upset and a little confused. I think he had a little bit of dementia."
It was then that the thought occurred to Washington about what law enforcement officers deal with every day.
"But it taught me in an instant, and I've never forgotten what our law enforcement officers are doing from moment to moment, second to second," Washington said.