What the ever-loving fork is going on in this country?
This past Thursday, actress Danièle Watts (Partners, Weeds) kissed her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas in public and was subsequently detained by the Los Angeles Police for…suspected prostitution? Yes, you read that right. Apparently a fully-clothed African American woman kissing a white man is grounds for arrest. As related by Watts herself, what happened —and how she was made to feel — and is utterly horrifying.
“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 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 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!!!!!!!…”
Lucas recounted how Watts was handcuffed for refusing to give police her identification, because she had done nothing wrong.
“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!!!
Our freedom isn’t freedom folks, when people can abuse others with no reason or evidence at all just because they “think” they have been given the power by people that are ONLY equal to us.”
Police say they were responding to a report of indecent exposure, and that Watts was “briefly detained,” as on the scene photographs document, clearly she was quite upset, and sustained a minor injury from being cuffed. “”An internal complaint investigation has been initiated regarding this matter.”
I almost have no words. Regardless of the report received by the police, when they found Watts and Lucas sitting fully clothed in a vehicle outside CBS studios together, how on earth do they conclude she’s a prostitute? Lately it’s been feeling as if the world is revolving backwards.