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'Insecure' Actor Kendrick Sampson Calls Out Police After Being Harassed In Cartagena, Colombia
‘Insecure’ actor and activist, Kendrick Sampson, is speaking out against police brutality following a scary encounter in Cartagena, Colombia.
In a video, which has garnered more than 200,000 views since it was posted on Sampson’s Instagram on Tuesday, police can be seen punching the actor in the face after asking for identification.
Sampson said that in his five days visiting Cartagena, he was stopped six times.
“It happens to Black Colombians often,” he told his more than 900,000 Instagram followers. “I’m told stopping is policy, but what is NOT [sic] is they reached down my underwear aggressively, slap my arms 5 times hard, punch[ed] me in my jaw, and pull[ed] his gun on me.”
The video was recorded by a passerby and posted to a friend of Sampson’s Instagram page first.
She stated, “Everything hurts. Not only because he is a friend but because that is the day-to-day for [sic] many. We got used to this, and that is not okay. It’s not normal, the police have the right to ask for your ID, but they don’t have the right to punch you, dig in your underwear (as happened before someone started filming) and pull a gun on a person who is not committing any crime or offering any resistance, taking him to a station, not wanting to return his ID and even trying to admonish him? What if this person wasn’t filming? When is this gonna stop? It’s time to rethink the use of force.”
In a follow-up post in Sampson’s Instagram stories, the actor says that he’s since been questioned by police captains and told that they’d be discipling the officers involved. He goes on to say that he was held for questioning for 8 hours before eventually being allowed (with police escort) to leave, eat a little, and be questioned some more.
“For anyone asking what you can do from a distance, for now, share the video,” says Sampson. “This is a violation of human rights that happens everyday with no accountability. At the end of the day, that’s my best protection – visibility.”
He goes on to say that his heart hurts for the people in Cartagena, and worldwide, who do not have that protection.