Former basketball player Rex Chapman posted the video to Twitter, writing, “Denzel Washington saw a commotion in West Hollywood with cops and an unarmed distressed homeless man.
The Washington footage comes at a trying time for many Black people, considering the back-to-back videos showing police terror and brutality across the county.
Floyd was caught on video pinned to the ground with officer Derek Chauvin‘s knee on his neck.
Countless videos have shown police brutally interacting with Black pedestrians, supposedly over social distancing and protective mask mandates, yet white people haven’t been met with the same scrutiny.
Some social media users who’ve watched Washington’s video acknowledge that his celebrity status privileges him in ways that aren’t afforded to everyday Black citizens.