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Full House Star Jodie Sweetin Shoved by LAPD at Abortion Rights Protest

"Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken," said Sweetin.
  • Jodie Sweetin (Photo: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)
    Jodie Sweetin (Photo: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)

    Full House star Jodie Sweetin was pushed to the ground by Los Angeles police officers during a peaceful pro-choice protest this weekendy, following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    In video footage of the incident, Sweetin can be seen using a megaphone on the side of as Los Angeles  freeway ramp when officers shoved her to the ground towards a small crowd of protestors.

    The video was shared on photographer Michael Ade's Instagram account, with the caption, "It pained me to see @JodieSweetin thrown to the ground by members of the LAPD as she was trying to lead a group of peaceful protestors away from the freeway…SMH @LAPDHQ what are y’all doing?"

    Sweetin later released a press statement saying, "I'm 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 giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court. Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free."

    Sweetin later guest hosted E!'s Daily Pop and referenced her Full House character, saying, "People are shocked when they see Stephanie Tanner — something happened to her — and all of a sudden, it makes it more real."

    She added, "I hate that it takes people knowing someone, being someone that they recognize, for people to be outraged or take action. Above all, I want to continue to not make this about me and continue to bring the focus back to women's rights and also to police brutality. If people are disturbed by what they saw, let me tell you: I've spent a lot of time protesting out in the streets, and that is a very minor incident of police brutality."

    The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement after the incident saying they were "aware of a video clip of a woman being pushed to the ground by officers not allowing the group to enter on foot and overtake the 101 freeway," adding, "The force used will be evaluated against the LAPD's policy and procedure. As the nation continues to wrestle with the latest Supreme Court decision, the Los Angeles Police Department will continue to facilitate 1st Amendment rights, while protecting life and property."

    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: Jodie Sweetin, Full House, Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court