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American Idol' Star Just Sam Shares Powerful Instagram Post About Her Experience With Poli

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Following George Floyd 's assassination on May 25, American Idol winner Just Sam protested on social media and voiced her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Part of the singer's advocacy included posting a personal Instagram detailing her own experiences as a Black female with a police officer.  Though it's not clear when the Instagram photo was taken, the 21-year-old vocalist recalled that she "was afraid of cops" at the time she posed for the picture and worried that she would "end up like my mother ... in prison." 

And Kayla Keegan  Following George Floyd 's assassination on May 25, American Idol winner Just Sam protested on social media and voiced her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Part of the singer's advocacy included posting a personal Instagram detailing her own experiences as a Black female with a police officer. Though it's not clear when the Instagram photo was taken, the 21-year-old vocalist recalled that she "was afraid of cops" at the time she posed for the picture and worried that she would "end up like my mother ... in prison."  

"I had already had an experience at this point in my life where a cop tried to arrest me for no reason at the age of 13/14 and told me he would spit in my face as he stepped on my head to hold me down," Sam wrote. "I was crying and very scared and I was screaming for my grandmother of course, but they didn't care because I was black and in the projects."  She continued: "This photo was after some of the WORSE ran ins with cops.

This photo was taken after years of seeing cops hurting my friends and family."  Later in the caption, Just Sam shared she was the only female in the Community Affairs Bureau Crime Prevention program at the New York City Police Department. The Crime Prevention Division, through the NYPD website, aims to "inform community members and local businesses about crime trends and threats, and work with them on preventive measures and safety."  

"I was lucky to be separated [sic] from a team that wanted to help kids like me instead of beating and arresting us," she said while talking about her time working with the NYPD. "Thanks to all the cops out there who are really trying! Thanks to the cops who were decent before we asked them to be there."  Fans of the singer posted supportive words in the comment section in response to Just Sam's post. "This is so powerful and honest," one fan wrote. "Thank you for sharing! "The IDOL of America," another said. Another fan admitted, "We 're so happy that things look better, but we still have a long way to go.  

Thank You. 

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