Morgan Freeman on Baltimore protests: 'F**k the media'
Morgan Freeman has strongly criticised the portrayal of the civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray – a 25-year-old African-American man arrested for possession of a switchblade – in police custody.
Grey had sustained injuries to his spinal cord and larynx in jail, sparking protests across the city.
While some of those demonstrations were peaceful, some also spilled over into rioting.
And while Freeman believes the media coverage of the unrest has improved since similar scenes emerged in Ferguson last year, he also had a strong opinion on news outlets following the events.
“Now, they’re getting more of the whole picture,” the actor told The Daily Beast. “Ferguson? No. Baltimore seems to be coming up with a different scenario in the background.
“People are saying, ‘You were not all there when we were just talking and trying to make a point, but if we set something on fire, all of a sudden you’re all here. Why is that? What’s the difference?’ And some young reporters are listening. That sort of observation is very useful.”
“The other thing is that technology lets us see behind the scenes a little bit better,” he continues.
“Police have a standard reaction to shooting somebody. I fear for my life and I fear for my safety. Now, at least you can see, ‘Hey, his hands were up in the air! What part of your safety were you afraid of? The guy was running away, what part of your safety was in danger?’ There was one situation I saw where a cop told a guy to get out of the car, said, ‘Show me your driver’s license,’ and the guy reached back into the car and the cop shot him!”
“Anyway, off the media,” he concludes, waving his hands and laughing. “F**k the media.”
Independent News Service