Actor Kendrick Sampson, who has appeared on Insecure and The Flash, was hit by the LAPD with a baton and rubber bullets during a Los Angeles protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd on Saturday afternoon. Sampson was streaming the protest on Instagram Live when the officers began firing rubber bullets at protesters. He was also hit by police multiple times with a baton in a moment that was captured in a CNN live broadcast as well as on his Instagram Live. In the CNN clip, Sampson can be seen wearing a black shirt near the front of the crowd.
Sampson confirmed his injuries on Instagram Live, stating, “They shot me four times already. I already got hurt and I got hit with a baton.” He showed viewers cuts and bruises on his legs and mouth, as well as injuries to his chest. The actor had organized a peaceful gathering with his Build Power initiative along with Black Lives Matter at Pan Pacific Park. In his Instagram video, Sampson emphasized that the gathering was over and he and other attendees were trying to leave when he noticed police clashing with protesters. He said the following about the incident on his Instagram Live:
In addition to the Los Angeles protest, celebrities have also attended demonstrations across the country. J. Cole joined protesters in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Jamie Foxx attended a rally at Minneapolis City Hall and gave a speech about his personal experience with police brutality. John Cusack livetweeted the Chicago protests, sharing a video of a police officer hitting his bike with a baton and yelling at him. “Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike,” he wrote.