Actress Shailene Woodley was arrested today for criminal trespassing while she was protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite being what Woodley called a “peaceful protest,” authorities still charged several attendees with rioting. Woodley documented the ordeal on Facebook Live.
“I don’t know if you guys just heard me, but I was walking back to my RV, which is right there so that we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue,” she told FB viewers. “And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties and they’re not letting me go.”
When she tried to approach the officer and ask a question, the cop responded, “We can’t talk right here, but you’re going to be placed under arrest for criminal trespassing.” When asking why she was the only protester being arrested at that time, the police officer said it was because “she has been identified.”
“Alright I’m being arrested,” she continued. “Because I was trespassing like everyone. As soon as you guys asked me to leave, I l left. She was down there, everybody was down there. I’m being arrested. I was down there with everybody else. I don’t know what’s going on? As soon as they came I left… it’s because I’m well known. It’s because I have 40,000 people watching.”
She continued, “So everybody knows…we were going to our vehicle which they had all surrounded and waiting for me with giant guns and a giant truck behind them just so they could arrest me. I hope you’re watching mainstream media.”
Since her arrest, 26 other protesters have also been taken into custody. Check out the full Facebook Live video below.