Organizations like Black Lives Matter are once again protesting police violence — this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Alton Sterling was shot to death by police last week. Celebrities are lending their support to the struggle, too. Beyoncé Knowles wrote a post on her website protesting the police violence that led to both Sterling’s death and that of Philando Castile, shot by a cop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota while reaching for his license, barely a day after Sterling footage appeared online. Beyoncé’s sister Solange, too, has also involved herself in the protests, even going down to Baton Rouge to participate in the weekend marches.
Over the weekend, Solange tweeted support for DeRay Mckesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist arrested during the Baton Rouge protests. (After his release, she even popped up in a GIF McKesson tweeted.) Later on Sunday, she tweeted praise of the protestors and condemnations of the Baton Rouge Police Department’s aggressive response to the peaceful protests (which included officers wearing riot gear and a military-grade LRAD sound cannon that can cause hearing loss), captured in snapshots like this already-iconic photo.
“Protesters/marchers have been nothing but peaceful today in Baton Rouge. Police are here pulling out tear gas while children are around,” Solange wrote. “Most of the march/protest speakers in Baton Rouge were all under 17 years old. We all left feeling uplifted. Yet as I walked back to my car I personally saw [BRPD] pulling huge assault rifles out on peaceful protesters.”
See Solange’s tweets below.