It’s hard to read the news these days without encountering one infuriating story after another about white cops getting away with killing unarmed black people. While it’s certainly true that not every cop is racist, there has been an unprecedented amount of brutality and violence against people of color captured on video, then distributed to the entire world through social media channels. Perhaps no one has been as vocal about fighting back against racist law enforcement than Chris Rock, who, after a New York grand jury cleared officer Daniel Pantaleo of culpability in the death of Eric Garner, tweeted the most simple and profound comment on the whole travesty: “This one was on film.”
Stopped by the cops again wish me luck. pic.twitter.com/6t0wlgwkrJ
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 31, 2015
Despite his high profile status, the comedian has apparently been pulled over no less than three times in just seven weeks. While Rock hasn’t revealed the reasons for these traffic stops, if any, it’s clear that this is something he and countless other African American citizens are dealing with on a pretty routine basis. (Though, as Joe Concha at Mediaite points out, maybe Rock’s past reckless driving charges have had something to do with why he gets stopped so frequently). Regardless, we’re glad to see him using his public platform to bring attention to such an important issue. Even as a wealthy celebrity, Rock isn’t immune from racially-charged harassment on behalf of those who are supposed to be protecting and serving all of us.
Check out this 2013 episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, featuring Rock and Jerry Seinfeld in a near brush with Johnny Law. “I’d be a lot more worried if you weren’t here,” Rock quips to Seinfeld. True, sad story.