Dave Chappelle recounted the time he was choked by a police officer earlier in his career on his own movie set, when the officer didn’t recognize who he was.
Chappelle was discussing the July choking death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, during a comedy bit he was doing in New Orleans, when he too, revealed that the same thing had happened to him.
According to Javis DeBerry, a reporter for the Times-Picayune who attended the event, Dave was working on his first movie. He was playing the part of a mugger, and accordingly, was dressed for that role. Well, the movie set was surrounded by police tape and when he ducked under it, a police officer on the set immediately started choking him. True story.
A lady who worked on the set saw what happened as well, and started yelling at the officer that he belonged on the set. This was when the officer loosened his hold around Chappelle’s neck and said, according to the comedian:
Well, why didn’t he say something?
Chappelle went on to elaborate about the experience:
The weirdest thing about being a black man, and being choked by the police, is that you don’t even wonder why it’s happening. You just think OK, here we go.
According to the reporter, Dave had strict rules that nobody attending the event was able to use their cell phones to take pictures, texts, Facebook, etc., so he had to recall the experience by memory, not being able to tape it, unfortunately.
Dave Chappelle has been raising awareness about racism his entire career, and doesn’t seem to be stopping now. Through his comedy he has been able to raise a level of awareness about this problem, in ways that others only wish they could do. He gave a performance at the Odd Ball Comedy Fest in Irvine, CA, where he recalls being at a protest in Ferguson.
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