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Amid the ongoing across the country demonstrations calling for action versus police brutality, actor Don Cheadle joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Thursday where he reflected on his encounters with police.
The Black Monday star opened up to the late-night host about how it’s common for Black people to have stories of how their parents have “warned them” on how to best deal with contact with the police. “The rules of simply how to ensure you can get back and be safe and what you had to do regrettably was something that was taken into our minds very early,” Cheadle told Fallon.
Though initially growing up in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri and never recalling seeing police, the actor revealed that all altered when he and his family relocated to the residential areas.
” That’s when a great deal of bullying begun when I remained in school and absolutely predicated on race. That’s when it started to be obvious that the police officers were not on group Don,” he shared. He went on to describe that it became clear that he withstood “different treatment” which continued when he ultimately moved to Los Angeles.
” I got stopped more times than I can count,” Cheadle stated of his experience with police, including that he also had “weapons put to my head.” “I always fit the description. I utilized to complete their sentences. They ‘d go, ‘we’re stopping you since …’ and I ‘d go, ‘I fit the description. I know.'”
He added: “This is something that was taking place over and over again. I had buddies that were almost killed by the cops for absolutely nothing.”
After the video of the killing of George Floyd went viral, Cheadle stated that the disaster was unfortunately not something brand-new. “This is not something that is brand-new to me as soon as all these videos came out,” he said, explaining that there’s a myriad of instances that are not captured on video camera.
Fallon then asked Cheadle for his ideas on participating in a City center conversation with Democratic presidential prospect Joe Biden. “It’s terrific he put himself out there like that which he allowed himself to be questioned,” the star said.
Though hopeful, Cheadle admitted that he believes the 2020 election is “not going to be a simple election.” Of Biden, the actor stated “he’s going to have to continue to show up and continue to actually make the area truly … it’s going to be an uphill battle.”
Cheadle also encouraged everyone to “stay alert” and “show up in numbers” to vote.
Later on, Cheadle also teased his role in Area Jam: A New Legacy along with basketball star LeBron James. “It was simply fantastic to see how he took it on,” he said of James.
When Fallon asked whether Cheadle played basketball with James, the actor smiled and coyly reacted, “no remark.”
View his interview with Fallon listed below.