[Watch] Tyson Beckford Has a Theory on Why Cops Are So 'Trigger Happy'

[Watch] Tyson Beckford Has a Theory on Why Cops Are So 'Trigger Happy'

The male supermodel also offers some advice to young Black men.

Published July 9th

Tyson Beckford is the latest celebrity to come forward speaking out on the recent happenings of police brutality. Isntead of speaking directly on the two recent cases involving unarmed men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, he touches on just why he thinks the police are so "trigger happy" and even offers up some tips on what young Black men should do to stay in their good graces.

Speaking directly with TMZ, he said, "I think what needs to happen is police and the community need to sit down and have a town hall meeting and have discussions and they need to get familiar with each other... I have members of my family who are on the police force in NYPD here, and the thing that you need to do [is] you need to know the community and the comunity needs to know you."

Beckford offers up this solution to get cops to use less violent force, bioling it down to video game portrayals: "We might have to send some cops back to training because this is a generation of the computer games and video games so I think a lot of cops, when they hold their gun, they're so trigger happy and want to use it instead of deescalating the situation and I think they need to learn more of that and less gun and use more tasers and things of that nature."

Addressing Black young men, he shares what he thinks they should do to stay safe.

"I just want to say to all the young Black men out there [to] be respectful," he said. "If the cops ask you to do something, just do it. Don't argue. Don't fight with them. Be a gentleman, and be the upstanding [beings] that we were brought here to be. Don't give 'em a reason."

Take a look at the video in full, below:

Catch up on the outrage over the Alton Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge with BET News above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For Fashion For Relief)

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