Las Vegas, NV – The former football legend who was famously found “not guilty” in a Los Angeles courtroom of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend posted a rant to social media on Wednesday morning in support of funding the police (video below).
O.J. Simpson, who moved into a gated golf community in Las Vegas after he was released from prison in 2017, frequently posts videos of himself expressing his thoughts on current events to his Twitter feed.
“Well, a lot of things was taking place yesterday I see in Los Angeles,” Simpson told his audience in a video posted on June. 29.
He was referring to a vote by the West Hollywood City Council on Monday night cut five members of the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department (LASD) who had previously been paid to patrol the high-crime entertainment area.
The WeHo council voted 3-to-2 to slash its budget for law enforcement funding on June 27, effectively eliminating five of the sheriff’s deputies who had been patrolling the area, according to WeHoville.
At the same meeting, lawmakers voted to extend the West Hollywood bar hours to 4 a.m.
In February, LASD reported that crime in West Hollywood had jumped 137 percent in a year, the New York Post reported.
“They voted to defund the sheriff’s department, huh?” Simpson said in his video. “I think that’s all wrong.”
“You know, I spent a little time in one of our institutions and trust me, we need police. We need the sheriff’s department,” he insisted in the video.
“I’ve always said they should just redirect some of those funds to better training… but defunding the police as a whole or the sheriff’s department as a whole, no,” the former football legend said definitively.
Simpson was acquitted of the double murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her boyfriend, Ron Goldman, at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles after a famously televised trial in 1995, ABC News reported.
But then Simpson was convicted and sentenced to prison after a 2007 incident where the National Football League (NFL) Hall of Famer and Heisman trophy winner allegedly led two armed men in a confrontation with sports collectibles dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.
The 74-year-old former football star finished his parole in December of 2021, ABC News reported.
Check out what Simpson said in the video below:
Trust me. We need them! pic.twitter.com/uXpqHLFWBR
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) June 29, 2022