Morgan Freeman Involved in Film About Black US Shooting Case

Hollywood veteran Morgan Freeman sits as executive producer on a new film titled “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” which hit theaters in mid-September. To the Associated Press news agency, Morgan told the reason for joining the film project based on the true story of the murder of a black man by the police in America.

Actor Morgan Freeman says his involvement as executive producer in the new film “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” is motivated by a simple motive: “I’m black – people don’t seem to notice it.”

The Oscar winner in the film “Million Dollar Baby” still clearly remembers the days when he grew up in the era of racial segregation which was legalized in the US through the Jim Crow Act. In an interview with the Associated Press, Morgan said, “Being black and raised in southern America, I witnessed impunity that allowed black men – black youths – to be killed by law enforcement officers, in quotes. I used to witness executions without trial. Then now there’s George Floyd, the George Floyd case that we’ve all seen. And this film is a true dramatization of how wrong the approach of law enforcement officers is. And I think – or we think – the best way we can do is sensationalize it.”

The film “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” is based on the murder case of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. by police in 2011 in White Plains, New York. After a 68-year-old black elderly, suffering from psychiatric problems, accidentally triggered his medical alert device, the police came to his apartment and eventually killed him.

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., son of the late Kenneh Chamberlain Sr. said, “This story is bigger than Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. This story is not just about my father. This film is about another George Floyd-George Floyd, even in White Plains, New York or Westchester County. I always say Westchester has its own George Floyd. […] When people ask my motives or what drives me (to bring this story up), that’s what drives me. Because I don’t want other families to have to experience what my family and many other families went through.”

Morgan, who just finished shooting the film “Muti” in Mississippi, where he grew up, recently donated $1 million to the University of Mississippi for a police training center.

Come back, Morgan Freeman. “We started a police reform program – teaching the program, through a whole new department to focus on the issue of law enforcement and how it should be run.”

“The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” premiered in theaters and on demand services in America last September 17. [rd/ka]

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