Video posted on social media shows former Full room star Jodie Sweetin was forcibly pushed to the ground on Saturday by a Los Angeles Police Department police officer while the actor participated in a protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In the footage (below), the actor appears to be trying to lead a group of protesters to an embankment, away from the highway, when one of the officers pushes her down the ramp and onto the sidewalk.
The footage shows an LAPD officer grabbing and pushing Sweetin before the actress falls headfirst to the floor. A group of fellow protesters rush to help Sweetin to his feet, while others warn the line of police officers. The incident appears to have happened along a highway exit that the protesters had blocked. Someone in the crowd yells at the police, “What the f*ck is wrong with you?”
Sweetin later released a statement to the press saying, “I am extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the gargantuan injustices delivered. by our Supreme Court. Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue to fight for our rights. We will not be free until we are all free.”
Sweetin reposted the much-seen video to her own Instagram page, adding the comment, “Thanks for posting. Love everyone out there fighting for what’s right… #WeKeepUsSafe.”
The video was filmed and originally posted by freelance journalist Mike Ade, who wrote: “She tried to lead a group of peaceful protesters off the highway,” Ade said on Instagram, adding: “Jodi is the definition of a real and happy person. “They’re all right! But for others who choose to protest today, proceed with caution and keep your head spinning. It’s going to be a very long summer.”
The LAPD also sent a statement to the press, saying: “The LAPD is aware of a video clip of a woman being pushed to the ground by officers who did not allow the group to enter on foot and onto the 101 freeway. to catch up. The violence used will be assessed against LAPD policy and procedure.”