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John Cusack tweets video of Chicago protests and police coming 'at me with batons'

Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

CHICAGO -- While attending protests in downtown Chicago on Saturday, actor John Cusack said on Twitter that police "came at me with batons" and were hitting his bike as he attempted to film a burning car.

Protests took place nationwide over the weekend, sparked by the deaths of black people at the hands of police, including George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, Louisville, Kentucky EMT Breonna Taylor in March, as well as jogger Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot and killed in February by a former police officer in Georgia.

In a video posted by Cusack, the nighttime footage is blurry but shouts (presumably from law enforcement) are heard in rapid succession: "Get out of here! Move! Get out of here! Get the f -- -- out of here now! Get out of here, let's go!"

Amidst those shouts Cusack can be heard responding, "Alright, alright, alright, I'm going."

No faces are seen in the eight-second clip.

Based on his tweets, Cusack appeared to be downtown in an effort to document the moment. He tweeted that he had been hit with pepper spray and had this observation: "It's nasty as f -- -- out there. Everyone is on edge, things burning -- open looting -- Magnificent Mile -- and all over."

 

A native of Evanston, Cusack is quick to remind his Twitter followers that he lives in Chicago. His resume is a long list of well-known films including "Better Off Dead," "Eight Men Out," "The Grifters," "Being John Malkovich," "High Fidelity" and "2012."

He ended the night with the hope that people would "try to stay safe -- it's truly terrible out there" but added that he would not be surprised "if this was a one or two day event / this may well be the beginning of the end of the 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 the day."

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