Pop sensation Halsey, it has emerged, was shot by rubber bullets, shrapnel and gassed during the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protests over the past weekend following the tragic murder of George Floyd.
Over a number of stories posted to her Instagram, the singer recounted her experience on being involved in the protests. Halsey noted: “We were peaceful, hands up, not moving, not breaching the line. [Police] opened fire of [sic] rubber bullets and tear gas multiple times on us. Citizens who were not provoking them,” Halsey wrote.
“Most of us were simply begging them to have empathy, to reconsider humanity and our nation’s history and future. The frontline did not relent. I will be returning.”
In a follow-up post, Halsey revealed that she herself was struck twice by projectiles. “Once by pellets and once by shrapnel,” she explained. “We were gassed repeatedly for hours.”
“This hit me through layers of fabric and for that, I am extremely privileged. At close range it would have caused serious injury,” she wrote in another post, which included an image of her injuries.
“They were fired at peoples’ faces during peaceful moments of the demonstration. If you’re a follower of mine who ‘stays out of it’ but you’re mad I have a little bruise for doing nothing unlawful, then consider you ARE on our side. because the reality of what happens to black folks every day is worse than my bruise. So get involved. Sign. Donate. Share links. Do something.”