Cole Spouse, Jughead Jones on The CW’s Riverdale, verified recently that he was amidst those arrested during the Sunday protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd according to comicbook.com. Sprouse took part in a protest with a few dozen people around downtown Santa Monica on Sunday.
This peaceful protest allegedly heightened when another group of protesters began to vandalise and loot businesses in the area. The reported vandalism resulted in law enforcement arriving to the scene and attempting to disperse the crowd. Police allegedly gave protesters the option to leave however Sprouse was among the groups who wanted to stay on the scene, eventually leading to his arrest via Buzzfeed.
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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.
In a statement released my Sprouse, the actor emphasized that he was not spotlighting the details of his arrest in order to chronicle a narrative regarding “a straight white man and a public figure.” Instead, he hopes his post shows that institutional ramifications that can occur to any individual regardless of status, even in a situations of peaceful protests via Vulture.
In addition, other celebrities have similarly spoken out about the protests, including actor Kendrick Sampson (Insecure), who was beaten with a baton and shot by rubber bullets in Los Angeles according to comicbook.com.