Denzel Washington recently recounted an event that shaped his view of the police. Washington was preparing for his role as a cop who became a district attorney in the 1991 movie “Ricochet.” As part of his preparation for the film, he went on a ride-along with a police officer. During this event, Washington watched a sergeant respond to a difficult call. That experience has stayed with him through the years.

A Terrifying Situation

The award-winning actor recounted how the challenging incident taught him how law enforcement puts their lives in danger with every call. Washington said the encounter was terrifying, particularly when a man came out of his house waving a rifle.


Thankfully, the responding officer was able to bring calm to the volatile situation, proving to Washington how well police are trained to respond to these life-threatening events. The incident taught him an unforgettable lesson about “what our law enforcement people have to deal with moment to moment, second to second,” he told Yahoo Entertainment.

Going Against the Grain

Washington’s comments are notable because they contrast with the sentiments expressed by many in the movie and television industry. With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, many leading figures in Hollywood have thrown law enforcement under the bus in their attempts to raise awareness of racial injustice.


For Washington, a Black man, it takes a lot to take a stand for law enforcement and the sacrifices the police make daily. In addition to the role in “Ricochet,” Washington has played a military serviceman and a veteran. He confirmed that his new project will be behind the camera, directing a movie about a soldier who makes a sacrifice for his country.