The 27-year-old actor was detained by police and one-day later shared the events that transpired while protesting. “A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica,” he posted in a lengthy Instagram statement.
However, Cole wanted to make his followers understand that the message is not about him. “There’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter,” he wrote.
He continued, “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.” Cole explained that he was “detained” by police after being told to leave.
When he and fellow protesters did not retreat, they were arrested.
“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,” he stated.
Being high-profile actor, it’s safe to assume that Cole was easily able to post bail, but some protesters are not as fortunate.