Civil rights activists are calling on ‘Django Unchained‘ actress Daniele Watts to apologize for accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of racial profiling.
Watts slammed the LAPD after she claimed she was arrested for kissing her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, in a car parked on a street. The truth is, the officer apprehended Watts because she and her boyfriend were accused of having sex in public.
The police maintain there was no racial component to the incident. The civil rights community has accused Daniele Watts of “crying wolf” to cover herself in what was just poor conduct on her and her boyfriend’s part. It should also be noted she pulled the “do you know who I am” line during the encounter.
Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and others, released a statement publicly decrying Watts’ actions, saying that she is harming their cause.
Hutchinson told NBC, “There was provable cause for detention. You must have your facts. You can’t rush to judgment. If you do that, you have no credibility.” He added, “It’s like crying wolf – after a while, it has no meaning.”