Kristen Bell criticized for photos with L.A. sheriff’s deputies

Kristen Bell has previously supported the Black Lives Matter movement. (Photo: Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic)

Kristen Bell was called Monday about the photos sheriff’s deputies shared over the weekend at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station.

The images show the former star of The good place smiling next to the deputies, putting his arms around them and, in one of the two shots, showing his thumb up.

They explained in the caption: “Today, we had the absolute pleasure of meeting @KristenBell, who was without a doubt the kindest human of all time. There really is never a dull moment in Lancaster!”

People were quick to criticize Bell for appearing to have befriended a department that included several gang-like groups that, according to the Los Angeles Times, have been “accused of glorifying violence and whose members have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in legal fees.” They have also been accused of racist behavior.

Commenters said looking at the photos “sucks a lot.” They pointed out that Bell is an owner and suggested that this was why he had been friendly with the deputies.

Yahoo Entertainment has contacted a Bell representative for comment.

In the past, Bell has publicly supported the Black Lives Matter movement. She and her husband, Dax Shepard, have vowed to raise their daughters to be anti-racist. Bell is the co-author of a children’s book, The world needs more purple people, who sat on top of the New York Times Bestseller List when it was released last year. It’s about “embracing what makes you special while finding common ground with those around you.” And “seeking to reach beyond the political division of red and blue.” A sequel, The world needs more purple schools, is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2022.

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