Kristen Bell was called out Monday for photos shared by the sheriff’s deputy at Lancaster Station in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend.
The pictures show the former star of The good place smiling next to the deputies, with her arms around them, and in one of the two shots she blinks her thumb upwards.
They explained in the caption: “Today we had the absolute pleasure of meeting @KristenBell, who was absolutely down, the friendliest person ever. There really is never a dull moment at Lancaster!”
People were quick to slam Bell for apparently becoming friends with a department that was found to include several gang-like groups, which according to Los Angeles Times, has been “accused of glorifying violence and whose members have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in legal payments.” They have also been accused of racist behavior.
Commentators said seeing the images “sucks so much.” They pointed out that Bell is the landlord and suggested that was why she had been kind to 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 has co-authored a children’s book, The world needs more purple people, who sat on top New York Times bestseller list when it came out last year. It’s about “embracing what makes YOU special, while finding common ground with those around you.” And “seeks to reach beyond the political divide between red and blue.” A successor, The world needs more purple schools, is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2022.