Watch Dave Chappelle Address His Town Council Over Policing Concerns
Celebrities are just like us. They eat, they sleep, and sometimes, they even address their town councils.
That’s exactly what actor-comedian Dave Chappelle did after a New Year’s Eve incident in which two young black men were tased by police in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The tasing captured national media attention and criticism, and led to the resignation of Yellow Springs Police Chief Dave Hale.
Chappelle began by praising the majority of police officers, acknowledging that his own family had been helped by cops on more than one occasion. With that said, the actor-comedian continued, the New Year’s incident was a major “gaffe.”
Chappelle went on to express concerns over a growing sense of estrangement from the town’s police force—an issue plaguing many towns like Yellow Springs these days. When Chappelle was growing up, he said, everyone knew the members of their police department. In many cases, the cops’ own children were classmates in school. But today, “we’re being policed by what feels like an alien force.”
He criticized the nationwide search for a new police chief, urging the council to draw someone from within the community instead.
“…the council has a tremendous opportunity to be like a leader in progressive law enforcement” said Chappelle. “This is an opportunity to show everybody that local politics reign supreme.”