Dave Chappelle continues to be the voice of reason for conservatives, liberals, and libertarians.
During the 2016 election, the 43-year-old comedian defended then-candidate Donald Trump for some of the smears that were directed towards him from Hillary Clinton’s camp. After Trump won the election, Chappelle went on to host Saturday Night Live and wished the President-elect “good luck” and urged others to “give him a chance.”
On Monday, Chappelle went in front of a village council meeting in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the town where he lives and also spent a good chunk of his childhood in, to praise local law enforcement.
“I gotta be honest,” Chappelle opened. “For me, personally, the police have been actually sensitive to my situation. I know on at least two occasions where they protected my own well-being. My personal well-being unsolicited from me. So, I appreciate that.”
Of course, the comedian pointed to a New Year’s Eve incident that made it all the way to the New York Times in which police got a little too aggressive with a drunk 29-year-old black man, David Carlson. The man threatened police officers and hit a squad car. While being held on the ground by police, Carlson managed to slip away into the crowd. Police then deployed a taser into the crowd and missed. Luckily, no bystanders were hurt by the incident. However, the police chief resigned days later.
“Now we are being policed by what feels like an alien force,” Chappelle noted that Yellow Springs could set the standard for the rest of the country to follow as the council decides on hiring their next police chief.
“The council has a tremendous opportunity to be a leader in progressive law enforcement,” the comedian begged of the council to find a candidate that fit in with their town’s culture. “We can make our corner of the world our standard.”
Watch Dave Chappelle’s remarks below: