High Fidelity actor John Cusack has uploaded a video from the Chicago riots claiming a police officer reportedly hit his bike with a baton in an attempt to stop him filming.
The actor joined the protests in Illinois following the death of George Floyd, which has sparked riots across the states in response to the lack of government action.
According to the actor, a member of the police took exception to him filming a burning car in the street, and so started hitting his bike with a baton and yelling at him to get away.
‘Get out of here! Go on move! Get out of here!’ the unseen man is heard yelling in the clip – which was mainly an unclear shot of the floor.
Metal being hit on metal can also be heard as John responded: ‘Alright, alright.’
‘Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike. Ahhm herea the audio [sic],’ he wrote next to the clip.
In a series of videos, John filmed a woman battering at a window to try and smash it, and a Whole Foods store getting looted.
John also confirmed the police were out in force in response to a city-wide curfew which was put in place from 9pm to 6am by the Mayor.
He wrote: ‘Guilty as charged – when you can’t witness what happens in your own city – then the way you see the world becomes strictly illegal.’
John later responded to those who were asking questions about the protest, stating he was ‘just there to witness what was happening’ and there’s ‘a lot of good people caught in a bad situation’.
‘It’s nasty as f**k out there – everyone is on edge things burning- open looting – magnificent mile- and all over,’ he added.
Warning this could be about to get worse, John added: ‘Would be very surprised if this is a one or two day event / this may well be the beginning of end of trump loathsome era – thank god.
‘Feels like many streams of outrage coming to a head- a wave peaking -Chicago scene was about getting to Trump Tower most of day.’
Riots have been sparked throughout the US as a result of Floyd’s death, starting in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed following a policeman kneeling on his neck for nine minutes during an arrest.
Since then other protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement have started across the country – including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
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