ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

This is a pretty messy story, and not enough details have been confirmed to make any concrete aspersions as to what went down.

But according to actress Danielle Watts, she was the victim of a racially motivated incident at the hands of the LAPD this past week.

The story goes that Watts was kissing her white husband Brian Lucas on the street when she was approached by two police officers who asked her for some ID. When she refused, she was cuffed and forced into the back of a police car.

The officers asked the pair if they "really" knew each other, implying that they suspected Watts of soliciting from Lucas.

In an emotional Facebook post, Watts posted a video of the incident which shows her sobbing in handcuffs. In the accompanying post she expressed her disgust:

I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!

Watts later posted a photo of a cut from the handcuffs:

Her husband posted a similar status, claiming that the officers had seen waht they wanted to see:

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 HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client)

Although its easy to jump to conclusions, the LAPD are apparently investigating the incident, and say that once it was clear no crime was committed, "Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released."

Hmm. I reserve judgement until further details emerge, but for now it doesn't look good for the LAPD.

(Source: Daily Mail)


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