J. Cole isn't afraid to stand uo for what he believes in and support controversial causes.  The ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ creator was spotted aligning in solidarity with New Yorkers on Wednesday night (Dec. 3) to protest a Staten Island grand jury decision
not to try the police officer who administered Eric Garner’s fatal chokehold.

Cole, pictured above in a photo captured by a fellow protestor, has been vocal about his sentiments on racism and the American justice system. The Dreamville frontman was one of a few rappers who went to Ferguson, Mo. in the midst of the Michael Brown tragedy and aftermath. He even released ‘Be Free,’ a hip-hop ballad in honor of Brown.

The track, which speaks volumes to the plight of black men in America, jumped to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts just hours after the Eric Garner decision. Cole’s third album, ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive,’ which leaked earlier this week, arrives Dec. 9.

Listen to J. Cole's 'Be Free'