Taraji P. Henson racial profiling claims
“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson apologized to Glendale police for alleging her son, Marcell Johnson, was racially profiled.
The actress alleged that her son was racially profiled during a traffic stop, but a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubt on her claims. After the 40-minute video of the encounter went viral, the actress issued an apology.
“I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” she said in an Instagram message with the hashtag #TurningANegativeIntoAPositive #LoveTarajiPHenson. “A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s. Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case, I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.” Source: LA Times
It should be noted that Marcell Johnson admitted to police that he had weed in the car. He also had the drug Ritalin, that was not prescribed to him. He was stopped because he did went right through a crosswalk with yellow lights flashing. It should be noted that he was allowed to leave without a ticket, despite having weed, a knife, hash oil, Ritalin and a grinder in his car.
The officer can be heard on the dash cam video saying, “I am not going to give you a citation for running that yellow because that would actually put a moving violation on your driving license, and you are going to have to go to traffic school and all that stuff, so I am helping you by not giving you a violation on it. All I am going to do is take the weed from you.”