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Actress Mischa Barton Criticized for Bikini Photo Used in Tribute to Alton Sterling

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Mischa Barton is facing criticism for a recent Instagram post about the death of Alton Sterling.

Sterling was fatally shot by police Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In the Instagram post, which was later deleted, Barton wrote about police brutality next to a picture of herself in a bikini holding a wine glass, according to Yahoo.

“I’m truly heartbroken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution,” Barton wrote in the post. “This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank god the pigs get caught on camera now. Its unthinkable and an embarrassment to America. The country I was brought up in.”

Her hashtags urged her followers to “#stop, #reflect and #act appropriately.” Though Barton may have had good intentions, the photo took it far off-message.