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‘Riverdale’ actor Cole Sprouse arrested while protesting for George Floyd

Hollywood actor Cole Sprouse, known for US teen show ‘Riverdale’, revealed that he was arrested on June 1 after he was caught protesting for racial discrimination.
 
In an Instagram post, Sprouse said that he was among the peaceful protesters in Santa Monica when police officers threatened them to leave lest they will be nabbed. “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,” he said.
The actor said that when they did not leave, police offices blocked their route and started zip tying them.
 
 “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 said.
READ ALSO: Thousands swarm streets in global protests against George Floyd’s death
 
He stressed, however, that this is not a narrative about him, and that he does not want the media to keep away from what is important—advocating for equality.
 
“This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me. 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. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well,” added Sprouse.
 
The protests in many states across the US came after the death of African-American George Floyd, who was knelt on his neck—handcuffed—for almost nine minutes by a Minneapolis policeman.
 

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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 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. 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. 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. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.

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READ ALSO: Who is George Floyd and why are people protesting in the streets about him?

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