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  • The cast and executive producers of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" donated $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network 
  • Stephanie Beatriz called on other stars playing police roles to donate
  • Many social media users urged the show to speak up about the pressing matter 

George Floyd’s death has put the spotlight once more on the threat of police brutality, prompting more and more celebrities to show solidarity with the people who took to the streets to condemn racial injustice. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which centers on the 99th precinct of the New York Police Department, recently donated $100,000 for the cause.

The NBC comedy series’ creator, Dan Goor, revealed via Twitter that the show and some people behind it took the initiative to pledge a sizable sum to the National Bail Fund Network. He also condemned the murder of Floyd in police custody.

"The cast and showrunner of 'Brooklyn 99' condemn the murder of George Floyd and support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally. Together we have made a $100,000 donation to The National Bail Fund Network. We encourage you to look up your local bail fund: the National Bail Fund Network is an organization that can lead you to them. #blacklivesmatter," Goor wrote.

Argentine-American star Stephanie Beatriz, who plays the stoic bisexual Rosa Diaz in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” made a personal donation to the organization and urged other stars portraying police to follow suit. Aside from the actress, Terry Crews, who plays Sergeant Jeffords on the show, also spoke out about the harrowing fate of Floyd.

“George Floyd looks like me. George Floyd could be me. I could easily, easily be that man on the ground with that police officer's knee on my neck. That could easily be me,” Crews told his fans over at Instagram.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” move came amid the unrest spreading across the United States. As people took their frustrations and anger out to the streets, some Twitter users called on the show to speak out, especially because its storyline revolves around police.

"I really think that the whole cast, producers and writers more than talking about #blacklivesmatter have to talk about all this violence, racism and police abuse, bc they do a police show and they NEED to show that they disagree with that sh--!"  @juliannasimon wrote.

Another user, @yahdaddysdaddy, acknowledged that shows usually don’t have a stance on issues, but because “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a “modern” police show, it should address the current issue, especially since it had tackled the same problem in the past.

brooklyn-nine-nine-golden-globes Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won critical acclaim and two Golden Globes in its first season, but didn't see a ratings boost because of the awards. Photo: Fox