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Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz donates thousands to Black Lives Matter in recognition of her role as a TV cop

Emma Powys Maurice June 2, 2020
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Stephanie Beatriz pledged her support for those protesting police brutality in the US (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz has donated a chunk of her salary to bail funds for those involved in Black Lives Matter protests across America.

Bisexual actor Beatriz plays the character of detective Rosa Diaz, who is also bisexual, in the long-running comedy about a police force in New York.

The light-hearted show generally portrays police officers in a positive light, allowing viewers to sympathise with cops – but Beatriz understands that the reality is often very different. In recognition of this fact, the star has pledged $11,000 of her earnings towards charities supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I’m an actor who plays a detective on TV,” she tweeted. “If you currently play a cop? If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop? I’ll let you do the math.”

The attached receipt shows $10,000 of her donation went towards the #FreeThemAll emergency response fund organised by the Community Justice Exchange, a non-profit working to end mass incarceration.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor also included a $1,000 tip to ActBlue to support organisations fighting against racism and police brutality.

She was encouraged to do so after a fellow actor, Griffin Newman, donated to the emergency response fund in light of his role playing a detective on two episodes of Blue Bloods several years ago.

A Twitter user tagged Stephanie Beatriz under his post alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-stars Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti and Andrew Braugher, urging them to follow Newman’s example.

“Thank you for tagging me. Donating now,” Beatriz immediately replied. She’s since been inundated with praise from fans, who thanked her for using her platform in the right way.

 

More: Bisexuality, black lives matter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, racism, Rosa Diaz, stephanie beatriz

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