The stars at Sunday’s star-studded Oscars took aim at law enforcement as they stepped onto the podium for an event protected by personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), among other agencies. Now union officials are criticizing the big names in Hollywood for their own “contribution to the glorification of guns, drugs and crime,” Fox News has learned.
The actors and filmmakers at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles got political on stage and on the red carpet during events on Sunday, just days after a Minnesota jury announced its decision to convict the ex- Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on May-related charges. 25, 2020, death of George Floyd.
The LAPD would not provide Fox News with specific information regarding the number of police officers tasked with working on Sunday’s event, despite several email inquiries. But a police department source familiar with event protocols told Fox News on Tuesday that at least 200 LAPD members typically work on such an event in uniform, in addition to officers who are not visible.
Members of the LAPD typically guard an outer perimeter, an indoor perimeter and are made up of ground personnel, SWAT team members, command personnel and support personnel, the source said.
The police-related commentary began moments after the ceremony began.
“It’s been a year and we’re still right in the middle. We’re mourning the loss of so many people and, I have to be honest, if things had turned out differently last week in Minneapolis, I might have swapped my heels versus walking boots, ”said award-winning actress and director Regina King in her opening speech.
King continued, “Now I know a lot of you at home want to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you, but as a mother of a black son I know the fear with it. which so many people live on and no amount of fame or fortune changes that. “
Later in the ceremony, while accepting the award for winner of the short film “Two Distant Strangers”, co-director Travon Free told the crowd: “Today the police will kill three people, and tomorrow the police will kill three, and the next day, the police will kill three people.
“Because on average the US police kill three people every day, which is about a thousand people a year and those people are disproportionately black,” Free continued. Dressed in a black and gold suit jacket lined with the names of people killed by police, he then read a quote from James Baldwin and asked, “Please do not be indifferent to our pain.”
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But not everyone appreciated the vilification of law enforcement, even honoring those lost lives, especially during an event largely guarded by police officers who were in sight and out of sight to ensure the day went by. proceeds safely.
In response to Sunday night’s anti-police speeches, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) board of directors told Fox News that more than 450 people have been shot dead in Los Angeles in 2021 so far – Up 73% year over year – and the “overwhelming number of those shooting victims were young black and Hispanic men.”
“[Y]and no one heard of this carnage during the Oscars production last night, “the board said in an emailed statement. virtually every major city in the country, rather, just more blame headed against the police, because it must be their fault. ”
The LAPPL statement asked if “the irony of their moralizing lectures” played a role in the record-breaking attendance of viewers at the event.
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“There is no mirror big enough for Hollywood’s self-proclaimed moral standard-bearers to examine and question their contribution to the glorification of guns, drugs and crime,” LAPPL said.
A source from the police department said he was not surprised by the anti-police officers, but it makes their job much more difficult.
“If you were known to make anti-police statements, do you really think we as officers would want to put our lives on the line for you? said the source.
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Others took to Twitter during the ceremony to criticize the statements.
Josh Barnett, an Arizona congressional candidate running under the Republican banner, called those giving the police-focused speeches “hypocrites” and tweeted: “Were there police officers at the Oscars last night to protect the same people who want to finance and eliminate them? Ask a friend …”
Former Maryland Congressional Candidate Kimberly Klacik wrote: “Did Hollywood elites talk about funding the police at a heavily police-watched event?” … Oh okay.