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Denzel Washington: “I have the utmost respect” For Police

Actor breaks with Woke Left by voicing support for law enforcement

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 | February 3, 2021

Feb 03 2021

Amid ongoing calls from many on the Woke Left to defund the police, Denzel Washington is openly talking about why he respects cops and military members, and why he doesn’t care for those who disparage them. 

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“I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, that sacrifice their lives,” the actor told Yahoo Entertainment. “I just don’t care for people who put those kinds of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.”

Washington made the comment during an interview about his new movie “The Little Things” in which he plays a detective who thinks a serial killer he once chased is on another murder spree. (The movie also stars Rami Malek and Jared Leto.) 

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In the interview, Washington shared a story about going on a police ride-along to prepare for his 1991 movie “Ricochet,” in order to illustrate where his appreciation for law enforcement comes from. During the ride along, they responded to a call about a man with a rifle. According to Washington, it was an older man in distress, likely suffering from dementia, and the officer managed to defuse the situation while Washington waited in the squad car. The incident stuck with the actor, who said, “It showed me in an instant how he, they could lose their life.”  

Washington reiterated the point, saying that he never forgot what happened, because it showed him what people working in law enforcement must deal with moment-to-moment. 

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Washington has played a member of the law enforcement community more than a dozen times in his career, usually as the good guy. (He also played a dirty cop in “Training Day.”) He’s also played a military member in several movies, including “Crimson Tide” and “Courage Under Fire.” 

Washington is currently directing a movie about a soldier who makes the ultimate sacrifice. His son, John David Washington, recently starred in the Christopher Nolan movie “Tenet.” 


Unstoppable” is a 2010 movie that is (very loosely) based on the true story of an unmanned, runaway freight train. It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine as two men who risk their jobs and their lives to try to safely stop the train before it derails in a heavily populated area. It’s a fun, fast-paced action movie with comedic elements that skewers C-Suite executives and the 24-hour cable news networks’ obsession with disaster. 

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