- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Comedian Dave Chappelle revealed during a stand-up performance Thursday night that a New Orleans police officer once choked him on the set of a movie, mistaking him for a criminal.

Mr. Chappelle was talking about the New York police-involved death of Eric Garner when he spoke about his own experience with police brutality.

The weirdest thing about being a black man being choked by the police, is that you don’t even wonder why it’s happening, Mr. Chappelle said at Saenger Theater in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune reported. You just think, he said, “OK, here we go,” he said.

Mr. Chappelle said he was working on a movie in New Orleans where he played the part of a mugger. He said he was dressed in his costume when he ducked under some police tape. Before he knew it, he was being choked by a police officer, the comedian said.

That’s when a woman who was working on the set allegedly shouted to the police officer that Mr. Chappelle worked there. “Well why didn’t he say something?” the officer asked before loosening his grip, the Times-Picayune quoted Mr. Chappelle as saying.

The comedian elaborated the next night during his second show, explaining that the incident happened in 1992 when New Orleans supposedly had one of the most corrupt police departments in the country, the Hollywood Reporter said.

He said that this was also when the city’s police were not paid very well. “I’m not defending the police,” Mr. Chappelle clarified.

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