Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was detained by police officers after someone spotted her kissing her husband in his car and called the officials.
The actress posted the news to her Facebook account on September 2nd, saying: “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.
“When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. 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.”
Daniele’s husband Brian James Lucas, who is a chef, wrote that he suspects the police had confused his wife for a prostitute:
“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 [main image], which was truly NOT COOL!!!”
The Los Angeles police are said to be looking into the incident.
This is really a shocking story. We can’t believe it could happen in 2014! It seems like we still have a long way to go on the road to the elimination of racial stereotypes, not to mention police brutality!
As CoCo in Django Unchained