Floyd, 46, died while in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes while in detention.
Cannon told “arriving in Hollywood” about what he said: “I got some retreat from that, which you know I don’t care about what people think about me or what they say about me, but I made a statement that my children feared the police.” The “Survival” talk calls many black parents with their children about interacting with the police. “It is a real statement.”
He said he was trying to “teach fear” to his children.
Canon said: “I try to know that you have power inside you that does not need to be afraid of anything, but when they see the law enforcement energy, it is” Oh, here comes the police! Or that mindset, “Sit up straight! Don’t talk! Put your hands where they can see…” These are things I’m talking about for a 3-year-old or 9-year-old about and they bring me these questions.
The Masked Singer host said he believed the youth’s perceptions of the police had changed.
“It has definitely changed where fear is,” Canon said of law enforcement. “It’s painful for you to have these conversations with your children, but you want to protect them at the end of the day.”