Michael Moore ruffles feathers for a living. He's made films critiquing America's permissive gun culture and the expansion of the military industrial complex under President George W. Bush. On Thursday, Moore again stoked controversy by calling for the disarmament of all American police officers and the release of all prisoners serving time on drug-related convictions.
"Imprison u, shoot u, sever your spine, crush your larynx, send u to war, keep u poor, call u a thug, not let u vote. But u can sing for us," tweeted Michael Moore early on Thursday morning. The filmmaker was reacting to the police killing of Freddie Gray, and other incidents of police violence -- particularly against black people -- around the United States.
Thus did Moore begin an epic Twitter rant denouncing America's militarized police force, quoted below:
Here's my demand: I want every African-American currently incarcerated for drug "crimes" or nonviolent offenses released from prison today.— Michael Moore (@Michael Moore)1430391837.0
And the rest who r imprisoned- I dont believe 50% of them did what they're accused of. Lies. Greed. A modern day slave system. Poor whites 2— Michael Moore (@Michael Moore)1430393718.0
Next demand: Disarm the police. We have a 1/4 billion 2nd amendment guns in our homes 4 protection. We'll survive til the right cops r hired— Michael Moore (@Michael Moore)1430395509.0
Local cops now militarized. Founding Fathers said NO army policing on our soil. Why do cops have tanks? Oh, right - the Enemy: The Black Man— Michael Moore (@Michael Moore)1430395848.0