Dave Chappelle spoke addressing his hometown city council of Yellow Springs, Ohio, on Monday night, asking they support a progressive change in policing there that might act as an example for the whole country.
The comedian’s comments came in relation to an altercation between police and citizens of the village on New Year’s Eve that received national attention, where two people were based by law enforcement. Chappelle called the incident a “huge gaffe” but said it gives the town an “opportunity to be a leader in progressive law enforcement.”
Following the New Year’s Eve event, the village’s police chief resigned. Now, as the city council looks for a replacement, Chappelle beseeched its members to “look deeply and look hard” for someone who can properly represent the “incredibly unique” town and possibly make an impact nationwide.
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“This is a golden opportunity — literally, could kill the game,” he said. “In this Trump era, there’s an opportunity to show everyone that local politics reigns supreme. We can make our corner of the world our standard.”
Chappelle is a longtime resident of Yellow Springs and his father was a professor at Antioch College there.
Watch video of his address here: