Thursday, June 4, 2020

Cole Sprouse Arrested During #BlackLivesMatter Protest

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'Riverdale' star, Cole Sprouse was arrested at a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in L.A. and shared the experience on Instagram. 

Cole Sprouse was arrested in the continuous protests happening in the US following the death of George Floyd, an African-American who was killed in police custody last week.

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In an Instagram post, the 'Riverdale' star himself shared the news. According to Sprouse, he, along with others, was arrested in Santa Monica, California. He wrote:
"A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. 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. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguards within Santa Monica,"

He continued:
"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. 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."

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He stressed in the post that the incident is not about himself.

"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, he said. "This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement." 

Sprouse went to Manila in 2018 as he endorsed a local fashion brand.

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