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03/09/2017 11:13 am ET Updated Mar 09, 2017

Dave Chappelle Isn't Laughing In Town Hall On Police Violence

"We’re being policed by what feels like an alien force.”

While Dave Chappelle has a knack for being able to inject humor into discussions about race, there were no punchlines involved during his reflection on an incident of police violence in his hometown. 

In a video posted on Monday by WRGT-TV, Chappelle is seen speaking at a City Council meeting in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about two black men being Tased by police during New Year’s Eve festivities.

Many residents in the predominately white village ― described by Flavor Wire as a “hippie town” ― were upset by the behavior of law enforcement officials that night. 

Chappelle began his two-minute statement by noting his personal interactions with the police in the town have been positive, and he even recalled having a level of familiarity with the officers in town while he was growing up ― a contrast, he said, with current community-police relations. 

“Now we’re being policed by what feels like an alien force,” Chappelle said. 

He pointed out that the town can use the opportunity of selecting a new police chief ― the last resigned shortly after the incident ― to become the standard in “progressive law enforcement.”

“I would beseech the council to look deeply and a little hard because this is a golden opportunity ― literally we could kill the game ― in this Trump era,” he continued. “This is an opportunity to show everybody that local politics reigns supreme. We can make our corner of the world outstanding.”

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