Celebrities Push to ‘Defund Police’

Actress Susan Sarandon speaks during a rally and protest by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in support of a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers and plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline outside the US District Court in Washington, DC, August 24, 2016. The roughly 1,200-mile-long pipeline would transfer …
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Actress Susan Sarandon is among a growing number of Hollywood and entertainment figures who are promoting an effort to defund of police forces even as rioters continue to lay siege to major cities around the country by setting fires and destroying private and public property.

The demands to defund the police gained momentum on Twitter on Sunday as celebrities and other influencers began amplifying the call to their thousands of followers. The hashtags have also been promoted by Black Lives Matter and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

Susan Sarandon is the most prominent celebrity so far to call for defunding police forces, echoing a similar demand by the Sunrise Movement, a far-left climate-change activist group.


Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski tweeted #DefundPolice with a photo of herself participating in the Los Angeles protests on Saturday.

Patrisse Cullors, who is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and who also works as an actress and a writer on the Freeform series Good Trouble, is also calling for the defunding of police.



Comedian and actor Rob Delaney tweeted out: “Black lives matter. Defund the police. Protest is beautiful. Direct action gets the goods.”


Kendrick Sampson, who stars in HBO’s Insecure, has repeatedly called for defunding the police after he claimed he was hit by rubber bullets and batons when he joined rioters in L.A. on Saturday. In one tweet, he compared police work to “slave catching.”


Comedian and actress Charlyne Yi tweeted out: “Defund the police. Fund hospitals. Stop killing, save lives.”


Ashly Perez — the actress, writer, and producer of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures — tweeted:  “Black Lives Matter. Stop the militarization of police. Prosecute killer cops. #defundpolice.”


The music group Brasstracks demanded the defunding of the New York Police Department.

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