LOS ANGELES- News surfaced yesterday, regarding an incident with the Studio City Police and actress Daniele Watts. Watts, who starred in the award winning film Django along side Jaime Fox, was reportedly kissing her husband in Hollywood when police were called to a report of indecent exposure.
A racial tension has been created because of the event, as Watts is African American and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, is a Caucasian man; it is believed that because of this, police reportedly believed that Lucas was engaging in licit transactions with a prostitute, and were responding to the call as such.
According to the records relating to the call, police were dispatched to investigate a reported incident of indecent exposure, but instead began harassing the couple; accusing Ms. Watts of being a prostitute and soliciting in the area.
When police began questioning the matter, Watts was on her cell phone speaking with her father and walked away from the incident, believing that they must have been speaking to someone else in the vicinity. It was then that one of the officers grabbed Watts and handcuffed her, cutting her wrist in the process.
Pictures were taken at the scene and Lucas began to post on his Facebook wall, about the horrendous treatment that his girlfriend was receiving. When police asked for his ID and he willingly presented it to them, but when Ms. Watts was asked for hers, she refused. It was then that police forcefully shoved Watts into the back of their patrol car and began questioning Lucas on whether or not he truly knew the woman. Lucas wrote:
“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!!! Of course, they had to let her go eventually cuz we weren’t a threat to anyone.”
Watts also spoke out about the even posting:
“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,”
Eventually the police officers released both Lucas and Watts, and Watts has recently come forward to say a few words on thee situation.
“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.”
Many are claiming that the LAPD has been engaging in racial profiling practices and that this is just one of the many accounts that have produced complaints from the public. The LAPD stated that they would launch an internal investigation on the matter, but continue to support the officers’ actions.
Original article on The Daily Mail and Just Jared Photographs courtesy of The Daily Mail