UPDATE, with Sweetin comment & video Jodie Sweetin said on E!’s Daily Pop today that while she understands “people are shocked” to see “Stephanie Tanner” – her character on Full House – subjected to she describes as “a very minor incident of police brutality,” she hopes the public focus will remain on the larger issues.
“I think people are shocked when they see Stephanie Tanner, something happen to her, it makes it more real, and I hate that,” Sweetin said. “I hate that it takes people knowing someone or someone they recognize for people to be outraged or to take action.”
Sweetin also said, “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 police brutality. If people are disturbed by what they saw, I want to tell you, I’ve spent a lot of time protesting out in the streets and that was a very minor incident of police brutality.”
The former Full House star said the protest continued for another four or five hours after the incident.
Watch the entire Daily Pop segment above.
PREVIOUS, 7:17 am Video posted to social media shows former Full House star Jodie Sweetin being forcefully shoved to the ground by a Los Angeles Police Department officer on Saturday while the actor was taking part in a protest of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
In the footage (see it below), the actor appears to be attempting to lead a group of marchers onto an embankment off the highway when one of the officers shoves her down the incline and onto the pavement.
The footage depicts an LAPD officer grabbing and pushing Sweetin before the actress falls forward to the ground. A group of fellow protestors quickly rushes to help Sweetin up, while other admonish the line of police officers. The incident appears to occur along a freeway exit that the protestors had blocked. Someone in the crowd yells to the police, “What the f*ck is wrong with you guys?”
Sweetin later released a statement to the press, 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 reposted the widely seen video on her own Instagram page, adding the comment, “Thank you for posting. Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right… #WeKeepUsSafe.”
The video was filmed and originally posted by freelance journalist Mike Ade, who wrote, “She was trying to lead a group of peaceful protesters away from the freeway,” Ade said on Instagram, adding, “Jodi is the definition of a real one and fortunately she’s okay! But for others who choose to protest today move with caution and keep your head on swivel. It’s going to be a very long summer.”
The LAPD also released a statement to press, saying, “The LAPD is 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. The force used will be evaluated against the LAPD’s policy and procedure.”