Jaime King Among Protesters Arrested and Detained for Hours: ‘They Are Laughing at Us’
On Tuesday, actress Jaime King, 41, was arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles.
King tweeted, “Currently arrested for a peaceful protest. Writing in handcuffs in back of bus. EVERYONE WAS PEACEFUL. - Jaime and the rest of my sisters on this bus. 77th precinct.”
Hours later, King gave an update from the bus, tweeting, “Currently still on the bus for over 4 hours. Took us from 77th precinct to San Pedro. Women w/no access to vital meds, bathrooms, bleeding through their pants. They are laughing at us. #BlackLivesMattter.”
Earlier in the day, Jaime gave her friend Krystina Arielle Tigner access to her Instagram to “amplify her voice.” She added, “[Krystina] uses her own platform to bring awareness to the struggles that she and other Black people face on a daily basis. Black voices matter, black stories matter, and black lives matter. How we use our voices and our platforms is important. It isn't enough to just say black lives matter and go back to our carefully curated social media squares. We have to use our influence to uplift and raise the voices of those that can change the world.”
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Along with posting a pic of herself with Tina, Jaime emphasized, “It's a privilege to have the platform that I have and to be able to be heard. I will never know firsthand the experiences of Existing while black. I will never send my sons out the door with the fear that they'll become a hashtag movement because their skin color was seen as a threat. But what I can do is listen. I can search my own biases. I can hear my friends when they say they are hurting and instead of saying 'I'm so sorry.' I can say I see you, I hear you, and fight to make room for them in a world that makes that hard. Use your voice to uplift black artists and creators. Use your voice to fight for representation. Don't just say black lives matter. Prove it by supporting artists like Tina.”
Earlier this week, “Riverdale” star Cole Sprouse revealed that he, too, had been arrested while protesting.
On his Instagram, Sprouse revealed that he was “detained when standing in solidarity” for the Black Lives Matter movement at a Santa Monica event. He elaborated, “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.”
During his detainment, he “noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers.”
There has been a week of protests nationwide after video showed white police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd's neck during an arrest. Floyd said he could not breathe and pleaded for help, but later died.
All four responding officers have since been fired, and Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced on Friday that Chauvin had been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.