Shailene Woodley made sure to make her voice, and her actions, heard on Indigenous Peoples' Day this year. The actress spent Monday peacefully protesting a government project that threatens the land of a Native American tribe, but was arrested for trespassing when the police arrived. Woodley managed to film the entire incident and streamed it live on her Facebook page.
Shailene Woodley was a part of a large group of protestors in North Dakota on Monday who voiced their dissent to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The oil line is controversial because it would disrupt land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation stretches along the border or North Dakota and South Dakota. A day earlier, a federal judge rejected the tribe's request for a permanent injunction on the pipeline's construction, NBC News reports.
Though Shailene Woodley was one of the many peaceful protestors, she is seen saying that she was singled out by the police officers for arrest as her group approached their RV at the end of their day. In fact, Woodley was one of 27 protestors arrested under charges of trespassing at the event, though that is only a portion of the estimated 125 to 150 attendees, the Morton Count Sheriff's Department told Variety.
The video that Shailene Woodley uploaded is a bit over two hours long. You can begin at around the one hour and 55 minute mark to see her interaction with the police.
Even before reaching the police cavalcade surrounding her RV, Shailene Woodley is wary of what's about to happen after noting that the cops are dressed in their riot gear. She makes a comparison to the militaristic dystopia of her popular sci-fi movie franchise.
Guys, not to make a bad cinema joke, but there's some Divergent shit about to happen.
Soon, Woodley is near the police, and one of the officers pulls her aside and tells her that he is placing her under arrest for criminal trespassing, and that they'll need to continue talking elsewhere. Woodley has her mother take her phone to continue filming, and asks the officer why she is the only member of her group being arrested, purporting that it's because she's a famous actress and was live-streaming the protest.
Why am I being arrested and no one else is who is down there, is my question. Is it because I'm famous? Is it because people know me? We were all down there. When you asked us to leave, we did... It's because I'm well-known. It's because I have 40,000 people watching.
Shailene Woodley was then taken away by the Morton County Police. A few hours after Woodley's video was posted, Mark Ruffalo shared it to his Facebook page and wrote his support for Woodley and her efforts, calling the police's actions "a trampling of our first amendment rights" and "state sponsored brutality and oppression."