The Fault In Our Stars actor was charged with two misdemeanors for allegedly trespassing on the construction site and “engaging in a riot”.
After a Federal appeals court rejected activists’ request to stop the construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline yesterday, several riots broke out. Among the infuriated was actor Shailene Woodley, who was one of the first to arrive on the sacred Standing Rock Sioux land to protest the development of the Pipeline.
According to TMZ, the Fault in Our Stars actor was peacefully protesting the construction when she was taken into custody for allegedly trespassing on the site along with twenty-six other activists. Fortunately, she captured the entire ordeal on Facebook Live to ensure people not present at the site could see what was happening. At one point, her camera was facing the wrong way, which is why she clarified,
“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. And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties and they’re not letting me go.”
When Woodley attempted to ask the cop a question, the officer responded, “We can’t talk right here, but you’re going to be placed under arrest for criminal trespassing.”
After asking why only she was being arrested, the cop said it was because she was the only one who was identified. To this, she responded:
“Alright I’m being arrested. 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.”
The Divergent star added:
“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.”
Thanks to Woodley’s live recording, more awareness is being raised about the construction of a Pipeline on sacred burial ground in North Dakota.
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