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Actor Jodie Sweetin, child star of the 90s sitcom Full roomwas pushed to the ground by police officers in Los Angeles on Sunday during a protest against abortion rights.
Video footage of the incident was shared on social media Sunday as Sweetin, 40, led a group of people protesting the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling.
Photographer Michael Ade captured the push. The video shows two Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers pushing Sweetin off an embankment on the side of the highway. Sweetin lands hard on one knee before quickly getting back up. In the background, the crowd can be heard chanting “No justice, no peace”.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” a protester can be heard yelling at the officers in response.
“Jodi [sic] is the definition of a real one and luckily she’s okay! 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,” Ade wrote in the Instagram post.
Sweetin, who played middle child Stephanie Tanner on the ABC sitcom, released a statement Sunday responding to concerns about her well-being.
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“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 perpetrated by our Supreme Court,” she said, according to multiple news sources.
“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 are not free until we are all free.”
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Another video by Ade shows a group of LAPD officers forcibly pushing protesters back and beating some of them with batons in downtown LA. of various officer batons. Two other protesters are tossed about by their clothes.
The LAPD told NBC Los Angeles that they have seen the videos and are investigating the use of force by their staff.
“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 the freeway on foot and overtake Highway 101,” the statement told NBC4.
“The violence used will be assessed against LAPD policy and procedure. As the nation continues to grapple with the latest Supreme Court decision, the Los Angeles Police Department will continue to facilitate First Amendment rights while protecting life and property.”
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The Supreme Court voted Friday to end a national constitutional right to abortion in the US, now giving individual states the power to ban, restrict or allow access to abortion. The ruling lifts nearly 50 years of federal abortion protection.
Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh voted to end historic federal protections against abortion. Chief Justice John Roberts did not approve of Roe ending.
“The majority rejected Roe and Casey for one and only one reason: because she has always despised them and now has the votes to reject them,” judges Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote in a joint, 59-page statement. disagreement.
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“With sorrow — for this Court, but more so for the many millions of American women who have lost fundamental constitutional protections today — we disagree.”
The ruling sparked a wave of protests in the US and Canada this weekend.
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