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Police shot out pop star Halsey with rubber bullets during police brutality protest

January 20, 2018: Halsey speaks at the Women's March in New York City
January 20, 2018: Halsey speaks at the Women's March in New York City Photo: Shutterstock

Out pop singer Halsey says she was hit by a rubber bullet while protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for at least nine minutes while he said he couldn’t breathe.

Halsey attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles on Saturday and documented alleged police brutality in a series of tweets.

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Police “fired rubber bullets at us,” she wrote. “We did not breach the line. Hand were up. Unmoving. And they gassed and fired.”


In a video, she says that she and other protestors are “doing nothing” while police advance against them. Then she gets hit by an object and the video ends.

In video she posted to Twitter, police who were standing far away fire what appears to be tear gas at the crowd.

“WHO ARE YOU PROTECTING??” Halsey asked.

In another tweet, she said that she wasn’t arrested and encouraged her fans to donate to bail funds.

“They opened fire of rubber bullets and tear gas multiple times on us. citizens who were not provoking them,” Halsey wrote in an Instagram story last night. “They opened fire multiple times. I was hit twice. Once by pellets and once by shrapnel. We were gassed repeatedly for hours.”

“This hit me through layers of fabric and for that, I am extremely privileged,” she wrote. “They were fired at people’s faces during peaceful moments of the demonstration.”

Last Thursday, Halsey criticized celebrities who weren’t speaking out against police brutality and institutionalized racism.

“Man f**k every single person with a platform who is choosing to be silent,” she wrote. “You have a platform. You have seen that a man was murdered. You don’t care.”

She accused celebrities who aren’t speaking out of wanting “to keep pocketing the money of racists.”

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