Halsey revealed that she and those around her were tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets at the L.A. protests despite remaining peaceful.
While attending the protests in L.A. against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's murder, Halsey documented her experience on social media to bring awareness to how cops are handling peaceful protesters. All across the country, demonstrations have been taking place to protest police brutality after recent footage of a 46-year-old black man by the name of George Floyd getting killed by police proved that the issue is as prevalent as ever. Many celebrities have been spreading awareness, sharing and signing petitions, donating their funds, and attending the protests in their city. Halsey, who revealed she had donated a total of $100,000 to a number of different organizations, was out on the streets of Los Angeles to protest. The singer posted photos on her Instagram story describing the scene, indicating that she and others around her had been shot at with rubber bullets and tear-gassed by cops despite remaining peaceful.
"We were peaceful," she wrote. "Hands up, not moving, not breaching the line. They opened fire of rubber bullets and tear gas multiple times on us. Citizens who were not provoking them."
"Most of us were simply begging them to have empathy," she continued. "To reconsider. To consider humanity and our nations history and future."
"They opened fire multiple times," she explained. "I was hit twice. Once by pellets and once by shrapnel. We were gassed repeatedly for hours."
"The frontline did not relent," she concluded. "I will be returning. HAVE COURAGE."
She later clarified that, despite the rumours, she herself had not been arrested, but that many have been and are not in safe conditions.
"I WAS NOT ARRESTED," she tweeted. "Im safe. There were ppl I had to get to safety as many of them have VISAs. Myself + many of my peers were shot, gassed + antagonized. The frontline was calm + did not provoke BUT MANY ARE NOT SAFE + MANY ARE IN CUSTODY DONATE TO BAIL ORGS!!! I AM CURRENTLY."
"I wanted you to know I was SAFE because information was out of control," she continued. "But I will NOT be updating any more personal information!!! I WILL ONLY BE DOCUMENTING AND POSTING MY RECORD OF THE STATUS OF THE ASSEMBLY. Thousands of you witnessed them fire on us unprovoked. Be safe."