Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor Morgan Freeman, best known for his roles in films like “Million Dollar Baby”, “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Glory” has expressed his thoughts about the Baltimore Riots that were fueled by the death of Freddie Gray and his anger over how the media covered the story.
In a recent interview, the actor said “Cameras actually distort the story. The story already happened. The story began with policy and apexed with Freddie Gray’s death…The story is simple. Gray died in state custody. Unlikely anyone will be punished. (Which explains the riots.) That’s pretty much it. The cameras aren’t actually adding to the ‘story.’ They can’t really clarify the narrative. Look at MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. Go between those three. There’s a take, there’s a take, and there’s a take. It’s just commentary. CNN wants to be pure news, but the others are just commentary. They’re just commenting on things.” The actor then talked about technology saying “The other thing is that technology lets us see behind the scenes a little bit better…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!” The actor ended the interview with “Anyway, off the media…F—k the media.”
Since the riots, the state attorney has since charged six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray.