Michael Moore: Disarm the police and free nonviolent black prisoners
Filmmaker Michael Moore took to Twitter on Thursday to make some demands — namely, that America’s police be disarmed and “every African-American currently incarcerated for drug ‘crimes’ or nonviolent offenses” be set free from prison.
The polarizing documentarian began his social media rant in the early morning with a cryptic tweet, writing: “Imprison u, shoot u, sever your spine, crush your larynx, send u to war, keep u poor, call u a thug, not let u vote. But u can sing for us.”
Moore’s call for action was an apparent response to the controversy over the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who was injured in police custody in Baltimore. Following Gray’s death several days after his arrest, riots broke out in Baltimore. Pockets of the city burned, scores of police officers were injured, and hundreds of people were arrested as the governor activated the National Guard, and the city imposed a curfew to curb the violence.