‘Insecure’ Actor Kendrick Sampson Hit by Rubber Bullets in Los Angeles Protest https://t.co/aFcPOJoMXC— Variety (@Variety) May 31, 2020
As more protests in support of George Floyd and against police brutality happen across the United States, some familiar faces went to the streets to show their support.
One such person was Kendrick Sampson (Insecure) who attended the Los Angeles protests (he was specifically in Pan Pacific Park with his Build Power initiative which was co-organized with Black Lives Matter), which were going peacefully until the LAPD showed up and fired rubber bullets at the crowd as well as beat him with a baton.
“They shot me four times already. I already got hurt and I got hit with a baton. Y’all ain’t see no police fucking up white folks when they took guns to the statehouse. Y’all didn’t see police attacking white folks, beating em up with batons, shooting them with rubber bullets when they brought guns to fucking state houses. We came up here with no weapons, with masks... And we’re the ones who are not peaceful. We did an event together — peaceful, powerful, talking about defunding the police, talking about building power in our communities and what that really looks like. That’s what we were doing. We marched to the intersection at Fairfax, we were there for a bit. We closed it out with a chant,” Sampson said.
You’ll see Kendrick Sampson in Black, on the front lines being hit repeatedly by a cop with a baton pic.twitter.com/Iq8SbB6v76— TEE “AIN’T BLACK” FRANKLIN IS GOLDEN (@MizTeeFranklin) May 30, 2020
Other celebrities have posted their own personal accounts from attending today's protests as well as a similar thread of peaceful protests until police escalation.
THE MEDIA DONT WANT YOU TO SEE THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS 👆🏽— TINASHE (@Tinashe) May 31, 2020
I can say that the #LosAngelesProtest was entirely peaceful until the @LAPDHQ arrived and escalated it. @MayorOfLA are you seeing this? Also, where was the robust media coverage then ? #BlackLivesMatter— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) May 30, 2020
Photos I took today at the protest. The energy and unity was undeniably transcendent. We can not stand by and let this keep happening. We stand with you. #JusticeForGeorgeFlyod #beverlyhills #LA pic.twitter.com/C0tphiGJ4Q— Lewis Tan (@TheLewisTan) May 31, 2020
We here. No one touched the cop car ! They doing this themselves. An old cop car too. They want a reason to arrest.— Lewis Tan (@TheLewisTan) May 31, 2020
Jaylen Brown on his IG live from Atlanta: "Being a celebrity, being an NBA player doesn't exclude me from no conversation at all. First and foremost I'm a black man and I grew up on this soil.” pic.twitter.com/7pD09VYouk— Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) May 30, 2020
If you were/are attending a protest, I hope you are safe!