New York (CNN)Drake penned an open letter to his 25 million Instagram followers saying he was overcome with emotion after watching a video of Alton Sterling getting shot by police in Louisiana on July 5.
Drake on Alton Sterling shooting: 'I'm concerned for the safety of my family'
"It's impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decade ago," Drake wrote. "No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues."
"This is real and I'm concerned," he added. "I'm concerned for the safety of my family, my friends and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern. I do not know the answer. But I believe things can change for the better. Open and honest dialogue is the first step."
Sterling was 37-years-old and known to sell CDs and DVDs outside of the convenience store where he was shot. Video shows Sterling on the ground with two officers on top of him before shots rang out. An investigation is underway and the preliminary autopsy found that Sterling's cause of death was "multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back."
Protests have been ongoing since the videos surfaced and multiple celebrities have spoken out in support of Sterling.