LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- Mischa Barton took to Instagram to show support following the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by police in Tuesday, but her post left many wondering about the actress' motives.
Barton posted a photo on Instagram of herself in a black bikini, holding a wine glass while on a yacht.
"I'm truly heart broken to watch videos like the #altonsterling execution. This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank god the pigs get caught on camera now," she said.
"Its unthinkable and an embarrassment to America. The country I was brought up in. Somebody make change. We need gun control and unity. And a real President so think about that when this election is around the corner. The world is a precarious place right now. #stop #reflect and #act appropriately."
The post, which has since been deleted, was met with intense backlash.
"Like the sentiment, but hard to take you seriously when you post a picture of you sipping alcohol on a yacht," someone wrote.
Sterling, 37, was shot by police in Baton Rouge as he lay pinned to the ground. Video of the incident has gone viral and has prompted a Department of Justice investigation.
Barton is best known for her role in the early-2000s drama The O.C.