Actor Cole Sprouse, known for Riverdale and a long time ago The Suite Life on Deck, was arrested during protests against police brutality in the United States. The actor was one of several thousands who hit the streets after George Floyd’s death.
Cole Sprouse, who you may know as Jughead from Riverdale or – if older a little older – like Cody out The Suite Life on Deck, was arrested during the protests in the United States. There have been fierce protests for several days against police brutality against blacks.
The 27-year-old actor took part in the protests in Santa Monica, where the peaceful protest turned into riots. Cole Sprouse was part of a group of several dozen protesters. They held a peaceful Broadway protest, carrying banners with references to the death of George Floyd.
But on a side street off Broadway, Third Street Promenade, other people were present. These people who did not want to protest against police brutality, but wanted destruction, looting and vandalism. Restaurants were set on fire and shops were completely robbed. Police were used to arrest this group of vandals, but they fled to neighboring streets, such as Broadway. Where, among others, Cole Sprouse was still peacefully protesting. The police then decided to arrest everyone and sometimes they went to work roughly. In which use was made of rubber bullets, which were not shot to the ground, but right to the demonstrators.
Brandon Mitchell was also detained, along with the first aid volunteers who helped him after he was hit with a rubber bullet. He’s been out here all day, he said. pic.twitter.com/gwTolwRPFB
– Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) June 1, 2020
On Instagram, Cole shares his experience of the events in Santa Monica. For a photo with the message “Black Lives MattersHe posted a long caption about the facts. “A group of peaceful protesters, including myself, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So for the voracious horde of media decided to imagine this sensational and make about me. There is a clear reason why these facts should be discussed: Black Lives Matter. ”
He continues. “Peace, riots, looting, they are all legitimate forms of protest. The media will naturally show only the most sensational facts, which only proves that they are part of a racist agenda. I was arrested when I stood in solidarity, like many others in the last frontline in Santa Monica. We had been given the option to leave and we were told that if we did not withdraw we would be arrested. But when many turned around to leave, we saw a different line of policemen blocking our way and at that moment they were strapping us with straps. ”
Cole goes further and makes it clear that this situation is not about him in any way. “It has to be said for me as a straight white man, and a public figure the institutional implications of my arrest are nothing compared to those of others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not about me and I hope the media doesn’t turn that around. This is and will always be a time to stand side by side when the situation escalates, a time to provide well-trained support, protest and do the right thing. I hope others in my position do the same. ”
“I saw that cameras were there when the police picked us up and I hope that helps. I will stop speaking on this topic now, because I (1) am not enough at home to do this, (2) I am not the subject of this movement and (3) I am not interested in taking attention away from the leaders of the # BLM movement. ” In his Instagram Story, Cole again shared a document with all the information about petitions you can sign and donations you can make to contribute in any way to the movement. It was also later revealed that Cole Sprouse paid the bail for the other protesters arrested with him.