Shailene Woodley arrested at Dakota Pipeline protest
Actor Shailene Woodley does not shy away from political confrontations, and her recent protest at the Dakota Access Pipeline landed her in some hot-water with the local authorities.
The Dakota Pipeline, near Lake Oahe, is at the center on an intense debate. Just this summer the Justice Department halted construction on the pipeline after concerns were raised by Native Americans and conservationists that the pipeline could damage historical sites in the area. While construction was halted, it was not permanently ended – and that has caused Woodley and others to keep protesting the build site in hopes to deter anyone from building there.
Woodley isn’t the only celebrity speaking out against the pipeline, but she strongly opposes its construction. This weekend the star of the Divergent series used social media to raise awareness about the site, even going as far as to appear at site on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The actor was with her mother and a friend, all of whom came out to protest peacefully, as many others have done for weeks now. Things took a turn when Woodley began recording the protest and sharing it on social-media via Facebook Live. The broadcast ended with Woodley being arrested by the Morton County Sheriff, apparently for criminal trespassing. The police even went as far to handcuff and remove Woodley from the scene.
“Alright, I’m being arrested because I was trespassing like everyone. As soon as you guys asked me to leave, I l left,” she says. “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.”
Woodley also stated, “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.”
You can watch the event unfold above, or on Woodley’s Facebook page.