- The Washington Times - Friday, February 12, 2016

Television and film actor Michael Pena said Friday that the majority of police officers are good, and that the media sensationalizes cases of police brutality because that’s what sells.

“The news sells because it sells fear,” he said at a press conference at the Berlin film festival, The Guardian reported. “What was it last time? Ebola or something like that? And there were five people in the entire United States who had Ebola. But it sells newspapers. I think the percentage is something like 0.01% of police brutality that actually happens.”

Mr. Pena, who has starred in several films and television shows such as “The Martian” and Fox’s “Gracepoint,” appeared alongside his co-star Alexander Skarsgard in Berlin where their movie “War on Everyone” premieres. In the film, they play two corrupt New Mexico police officers who snort drugs and drink on the job, The Guardian reported.

Mr. Pena, whose brother is a police officer, emphasized that the movie didn’t offer a realistic representation of law enforcement, and that police should be held to the same standards as everyone else.

“There’s a bigger percentage of good cops than bad cops,” he said, The Guardian reported. “But the bad cops should be penalized like regular people.”

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