Cole Sprouse has revealed he was one of the people arrested protesting the death of George Floyd over the weekend.
The “Riverdale” star disclosed the incident took place while attending a Black Lives Matter march in Santa Monica, California on Sunday.
“A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica,” the 27-year-old wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.
“So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. The media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda,” he added.
Sprouse also noted he and the other protesters had their hands zip-tied by police officers.
“I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us,” Sprouse continued. “It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement.”
“This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing,” the actor wrote. “This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally.”
Sprouse finished by saying he wouldn’t speak further on the subject as he isn’t “well versed enough” and so as not to draw attention away from the movement. He also provided a link so fans could find ways to donate and get more information on to support the movement.
Other celebrities have also taken to the streets to protest Floyd’s death and police brutality in general.
Halsey revealed she was shot with rubber bullets while attending a protest on Saturday in Los Angeles.
"I don't know how to articulate the horrors of today. NG + officers firing rounds into kneeling crowds. We don't have enough medics on the ground on our side," she tweeted. "I was treating injuries I am not qualified to. So much blood spilled."
While protests have continued across the nation, many people and brands have shown solidarity by taking part in BlackOut Tuesday, which calls for a pause on conducting business in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other African Americans by police in the United States.