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Actor Orlando Jones pours bucket of bullets over head for Michael Brown

- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 24, 2014

The star of FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" has put a creative twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, instead dumping a bucket full of bullet casings over his head to bring attention to the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a St. Louis police officer.

Orlando Jones, a lifetime National Rifle Association member, argued in a video posted on YouTube that the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, between residents and police highlights an "us vs. them" mentality.

"I'm not pointing any fingers at anybody but myself," he said after pouring the casings over himself. "I am asking something very hard of myself, I'm challenging myself to listen without prejudice, love without limits, and reverse the hate. That's my challenge to me and hopefully you'll accept this challenge too."

In a statement on his Tumblr page, the actor wrote, in part: "My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy."

"My 'bullet bucket challenge' is not about pointing fingers and it's not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity," he wrote. "As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well."

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Mr. Jones said he was nominated by several people to perform the stunt. He said he will still donate $100 to an ALS charity.

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