The cast and crew of the hit comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine will donate $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests across the country.
“The cast and showrunner of Brooklyn 99 condemn the murder of George Floyd and support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationwide,” co-creator Dan Goor wrote on Twitter. “Together we have made a $100,000 donation to the National Bail Fund Network. We encourage you to look up your local bail fund: the National Bail Fund Network is an organization that can lead you to them. #blacklivesmatter.”
Cast members Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio and Joel McKinnon Miller also posted the statement on their respective social media accounts.
Despite being a show about police officers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has not shied away from the mistreatment of African Americans by officers of the law. Season 4’s “Moo Moo” followed Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Crews) as he was racially profiled by a white police officer in his own neighborhood.
The donation comes following the death of a George Floyd at the hands of Officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. It is the latest killing of an African-America man by a White police officer. The officer has since been fired, arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Protests have erupted across the country, including Minnesota, New York, California, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Washington and Michigan. They have even spread across the globe, with demonstrations being held in London, Berlin and Toronto.
Many state governments have dispatched the national guard to try and keep the protests under control. While many of the protests have remained peaceful, some have fractured into violence and looting.
The cast and crew of Brooklyn Nine-Nine are not the only industry members showing support. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot pledged $10 million towards organizations that help fight racism. Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Quibi and Starz also issued statements condemning racism and police brutality.
Created in 2013 by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Terry Crews, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller.
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The cast and showrunner of Brooklyn Nine-Nine made a $100k donation to the National Bail Fund in support of Black Lives Matter.