Hip-hop star Drake wrote a heartfelt response to the police shooting of Alton Sterling, saying that seeing graphic footage of the death left him “feeling disheartened, emotional and truly scared.”

Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by police in Baton Rouge, La., early Tuesday morning outside a convenience store where he had been selling CDs.

Video from the scene showed that Alton Sterling was not holding a gun, but that an officer fired at his chest as the father of five lie on the ground.


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Drake, from the Toronto area, said in an Instagram post that he was “grateful to be able to call America my second home.” However, he said “it’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago.”

Drake’s comments joined a chorus of observers including celebrities and politicians who condemned the shooting and police brutality towards minorities while calling for #JusticeForAltonSterling.

However, the rapper said that “no one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”

Drake added that he was concerned for the safety of his family and his friends, but believes things can “change for the better.”