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Police TV show veterans donate to bail funds
Several actors and producers known for their work on police dramas have made donations to bailout funds for protesters arrested at the demonstrations that have swept the country since the death of George Floyd.
Griffin Newman, who appeared on two episodes of CBS's "Blue Bloods" in 2011, tweeted a receipt for an $11,000 donation to the Community Justice Exchange, which will distribute it across local bail and bond funds, adding "If you currently play a cop? If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop? I'll let you do the math."
Stephanie Beatriz, who plays Detective Rosa Diaz on NBC's "Brooklyn Nine Nine," also donated $11,000, crediting Newman for the idea.
Céline Robinson, a former writer for NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," replied to say she had also donated.
Tom Scharpling, who worked as an executive producer for USA's "Monk," wrote Monday that it was incumbent on people in similar positions to donate due to the part they played in presenting police as unambiguous heroes.
"Most shows don't portray the brutal shit - much less the racism - that goes on daily. I worked on MONK, that's what we did," Scharpling wrote. "Goofy good guy cops for eight seasons. Not saying you should be necessarily be ashamed of your work, it's comedy/entertainment, I get it. But we need to be mindful of the implications of this attitude going forward. We also need to PAY UP."
"If you made your living portraying cops as harmless heroes, consider giving $$ to support what is right and just, to contribute to actual change," he added.