A black actress says she was handcuffed and detained by police after being mistaken for a prostitute while out with her white husband.
Daniele Watts, who played slave CoCo in the award-winning film Django: Unchained, posted the news on her Facebook page. She said her arm was cut during the encounter with police in Hollywood.
Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas claim that they were kissing on a Hollywood street when police were called and they were asked to show their ID card to which Watts refused. Watts wrote on her Facebook page: ‘Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.’
‘I was talking to my father on my cell phone. ‘I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away.
‘A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs. ‘As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong.
‘I allowed myself to be honest about my anger, frustration, and rage as tears flowed from my eyes. ‘The tears I cry for a country that calls itself ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ and yet detains people for claiming that very right.
Separately her chef husband posted on his Facebook page that he thought that the person who called the police had decided they looked like a prostitute and a client.
He wrote: ‘From the questions that he asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a H* (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).
‘What an assumption to make!!!Because of my past experience with the law, I gave him my ID knowing we did nothing wrong and when they asked D for hers, she refused to give it because they had no right to do so.
‘So they handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was. In the process of handcuffing her, they cut her wrist, which was truly NOT COOL!!!’
According to a LAPD public information officer, there is no record of the incident as Watts was not arrested.
What an unfortunate situation.
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