Dave Chappelle made a rare public appearance to advocate for police reform at a village council in Ohio.
The comedian has two Netflix specials on the way, but had a more serious topic to discuss in the small town of Yellow Springs. Chappelle, 43, addresses the council – albeit with a smear of his trademark humour – after Yellow Spring’s new police chief tasered a black man on New Year’s Eve.
Chappelle urges police reform, but recognizes the police “have actually been sensitive” to his situation. He made it clear the national exposure of the local scandal gave Yellow Springs an opportunity be a leader in “progressive law enforcement” and select “a candidate that matches the culture of this town, which is incredibly unique.”
The comedian says despite police sensitivity towards him, he feels the town is being policed by “what feels like an alien force.”
He explains how valuable it would be for Yellow Springs to make genuine change “in this Trump era, here’s an opportunity to show everybody that local politics reigns supreme,” Chappelle continues. “We can make our corner of the world outstanding.”