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Chris Brown turns to Instagram amid police standoff

Social media shows the other side of SWAT action.
Devindra Hardawar, @devindra
August 30, 2016
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Singer Chris Brown's Instagram account got a lot more interesting today. With police outside of his Los Angeles home, who were following up on a report that Brown pulled a gun on an unnamed woman, the singer started posting Instagram videos criticizing the LAPD. Meanwhile, local news stations have been broadcasting footage of the standoff on Facebook Live for much of the day.

It's not unusual for local news stations to turn situations like this into a media circus, but this is a rare instance where we actually got to hear from the person who's actually being pursued by the police. In the Instagram posts, Brown evoked the Black Lives Matter movement and painted himself as a victim of police harassment. "I don't care y'all going to stay playing with me like I'm the villain out here, like I'm going crazy," he said.

"Right now we're getting cooperation from everybody who's involved in this," an LAPD representative said during a news briefing. The police are currently evacuating the home, after issuing a search warrant, and are interviewing everyone who was inside.

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