Actor Turned Activist Shia LaBeouf Arrested at NYC Trump Protests

America’s infamous orange billionaire has brought out all types of people to stand in protest of the new administration. One of the higher caliber celebrities to stand in defiance of our new President, has been Transformers star Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York are working on a 24/7 four year long live stream protest outside of the MoMI’s 35th avenue address, where dissenters can come together and speak in front of a secured camera mounted to the museum’s outer wall.

An image of protesters gathered at the embedded camera on 35th street in Queens’ Astoria neighborhood (source).

Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to the law. In the past he has been arrested for lude conduct and other minor offensives, but now he can add misdemeanor assault and harassment to his resume. Allegedly, a pro-Trump anti-protester bypassed the MoMI sight where Shia has held up since the inauguration, and traded some words with the actor. According to police reports and eyewitness accounts, the anti-protester told Shia that ‘Hitler did nothing wrong.’  Shia, who identifies as Jewish, ripped a scarf off of the man and shoved him in a brief scuffle. Police responded to the scene around 12:30 AM, and they took Shia away in handcuffs right in front of the stationery camera while young protesters gathered and chanted their anti-Trump mantra, “he will not divide us.”

Detective Adam Nevarro of the New York City Police Department said Shia was released without jail time early Thursday morning and is scheduled to appear in court for the incident in April. The peaceful arrest is shown below.

This was not the first time that the Museum of the Moving Image has had problems with anti-protesters at the sight. Neo-Nazis and Trump supporters have come out to block the secured camera since its installation on January 20th. The art project was conceived by LeBeouf’s trio LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. The livestream can be viewed continuously here.

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