John Cusack has long professed his love for his beloved hometown of Chicago. But over the weekend, the accomplished actor found himself smack dab in the middle of protests and riots he never could envision playing out on the streets of the Windy City.
According to various videos and messages that Cusack shared on his social media pages over the weekend, the Say Anything star was downtown filming the various protests that were taking place in response to the killing of George Floyd. As he was filming, Cusack was approached by a Chicago police officer, who yelled for Cusack to ‘move along.’ The police officer then apparently hit Cusack’s bike with a baton.
“Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons,” Cusack wrote. “Hitting my bike. Ahhm here’s the audio.”
Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike.
Ahhm herea the audio pic.twitter.com/tfaOoVCw5v
— John Cusack (@johncusack) May 31, 2020
And while the audio for the video is a tad worrisome, Cusack was quick to confirm that he was not “assaulted” by Chicago cops.
“Keep it in perspective,” Cusack wrote to one of his Twitter followers. “I should not be the headline or the story important thing is the anger & pain out there & how hair trigger it feels. I’m of no importance I was just a witness to what was happening in Chicago – didn’t see the press out at all.”
Of course, Chicago was just one of the many cities in which protests took place over the weekend after Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin was fired and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter on Friday (May 29) in the tragic death of Mr. Floyd. Unfortunately, many of those same protests turned into acts of rioting and looting as the night wore on.
Here’s to hoping we find peace once again.