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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo Joins L.A. George Floyd Protests

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By Clark Sparky

Ellen Pompeo joined countless other celebrities in showing her support for the protests happening all around the country following the police killing of George Floyd last week. The "Grey's Anatomy" star joined demonstrators in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and several other protestors in attendance documented her involvement for social media.

She also took to Instagram Live after attending the protest to address the level of force the police and National Guard were showing at the protest.

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Pompeo compared the protest to other rallies she's attend, and said this one was very different.

"I've been to other protests, I've never seen police with machine guns, I've never seen the National Guard with machine guns," she said in the clip.

"We're at a march for black lives and we're here to talk about the fact that they matter, and there's machine guns and big ones and aggression. The cops weren't so aggressive, but their stance was aggressive. They're on rooftops, they're in cars, they're in tanks, and I haven't ever seen that show of force."

In pictures posted on social media, Pompeo could be seen taking a knee next to other protestors.

There have been protests in every major city across and America (and some in Europe) in Floyd was killed on Mary 25th. While some of them have turned violent, Floyd's own brother, Terrance, asked demonstrators over the weekend to keep things peaceful.

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"Sometimes I get angry, I want to bust some heads, too," Terrance Floyd told ABC News' Alex Perez during an interview. "I wanna ... just go crazy. But I’m here. My brother wasn’t about that. My brother was about peace. You’ll hear a lot of people say he was a gentle giant."

Many have complained that police have been the ones initiated the violence against peaceful protestors, as was clearly the case in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Forces there cleared the streets so Donald Trump could walk from the White House to St. John's Church for a photo-op with a Bible.

Floyd was killed when former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while he was laying face down on the pavement in handcuffs.

Chauvin's charge of third degree murder was increased to second degree murder and manslaughter on Wednesday.

Additionally, the three other former police officers who were involved in the incident -- Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane -- were charged with aiding and abetting a murder.

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