The 27-year-old television actor took part in a peaceful protest on Sunday when he was arrested by cops.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the seaside suburb of Los Angeles on Sunday – the event sinking into chaos when the police arrived in droves.
Scenes of looting and violent altercations were seen as local law enforcement declared a 4:00 p.m. curfew amid ongoing protests that have swept across the United States since the death of George Floyd the last week.
Speaking to Instagram on Monday, Cole revealed that he had been in an argument with the law, writing: “A group of peaceful protesters, including myself, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica.
The teen fiction star wrote that he did not want his fame to undermine the fact that the demonstration had supported the cause of Black Lives Matter.
He continued: “Peace, riots, looting are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media are by nature only the most sensational, which only proves a long-standing racist program.
“I was detained in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard of Santa Monica. We were given the opportunity to leave and were told that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested.
“When many turned to leave, we found another line of police blocking our route, at which point they began to zip us up.
“It must be said that as a straight white man and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detention are nothing compared to others within the movement.
“This is ABSOLUTELY not a story about me, and I hope the media does not. It is, and it will be, time to stand close to others when a situation is escalating, to provide educated support, to demonstrate and to do the right thing.
“This is precisely the time to think about what it means to be an ally. I hope others in my position will do the same. “
George Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes.
Four police officers were dismissed from the Minneapolis Police Department in connection with the incident, while former officer Derek was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
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Violence broke out at the scene of numerous demonstrations, with buildings burned down and shops looted.
Social media users shared shocking videos and photos of looting, violence and building fires by some of the protesters.
While other disturbing images have shown New York police officers beating demonstrators with SUVs, and police officers in other cities beating the protesters violently.