Actor and comedian Orlando Jones has announced a project in honor of Walter Scott to raise funds for families of police shooting victims.
In a recent release for the initiative, called the “Foolish Desperado Fund,” Jones said a portion of proceeds from his upcoming event, the Color of Laughter Comedy and Music Festival, will be donated to the cause. The festival, featuring hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, will be held at the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville, N.C., on April 25.
“I make my living being foolish but like so many of us I am desperate for change,” Jones said in the written announcement. “By doing a concert with Talib Kweli and giving away part of the proceeds, I want to create a platform that will ensure that the families of those killed, including Miriam Carey, Jordan Russell Davis, Latasha Harlins, Rekia Boyd, Anthony Lee and many many others, have a chance to define the narrative about their loved ones before the media and others do it for them.”
Jones, now starring in the Fox series “Sleepy Hollow,” grew up in South Carolina and attended the College of Charleston. In the statement, he said he’s been the victim of racial profiling and that he supports any efforts to end police brutality.
“I’ve been pulled over by police on numerous occasions. Sometimes I deserved to be stopped and cited. Other times I fit the description, or that’s just what police protocol is in that particular area. But law enforcement officers are not the enemy,” he said.
“They have an extremely difficult job. They risk their lives daily in the line of duty. I do not believe that any of these murders were committed by cold-blooded killers, I do believe that these people acted out of fear, but an unjustified fear has never been an excuse for taking someone’s life. Something must be done about the breakdown in trust and accountability we’ve been witnessing on the national stage from Ferguson to New York, from California to Ohio. The increasing violence and loss of black life cannot continue.”
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