HOLLYWOOD—Celebrity Kendrick Sampson of the comedy show “Insecure” was assaulted several times with police batons. “The actor was shot with rubber bullets seven times by LAPD while engaging in a protest of police killings,” a rep for Sampson tells TheWrap on Sunday, May 31. “He is safe this morning.”
On Saturday, May 29, Kendrick Sampson posted eight videos on his Instagram page, and the video displayed the reaction of protesters at Pan Pacific Park about the death of George Floyd. The video shows police officers shooting rubber bullets at the actor and other protestors. Another footage shows Kendrick Sampson stepping away from officers, as he was being struck continually by a police officer’s baton, the video footage of the incident was shown live on CNN.
Sampson indicated he stopped recording footage of the protesting so he could help a civilian who the police “beat” to the “point of a bone showing.” Sampson says he and his fellow protester were “being peaceful, and they f—ing came at us.”
“The reason I had to stop that recording for a second and jump on those officers that started beating me like that is because three of them ganged up on him. Three of them. They’re f—ing cowards,” Sampson said. “They come out with riot gear; nobody has a f—ing weapon here. They come at us with riot gear and guns, batons, all these different weapons for protesters. F— them. F— them. F— them.”
“You see this?” Sampson said, pointing at his bleeding lip, “Baton.” He then showed injuries on his arm and chest, saying, “Rubber bullets.”
“Dude aimed, looked at me in my eye, and aimed straight at me,” he said. “They were shooting them at the ground at first, trying to make them pop up at people. He aimed straight at my chest. That’s how they kill us.”
In a report on Sunday, Sampson said “My non-profit initiative BLD PWR and I, in collaboration with Black Lives Matter LA organized a peaceful demonstration, protesting the brutal murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Kenneth Ross Jr and 600+ others killed by Police in LA County! They had two demands 1) Defund Police and 2) Prosecute Killer Cops. I am safe, but the liberation continues today, and beyond. Defund Police.”