Friday, September 19, 2014

She makes "activists" look bad

Activists Want "Django Unchained" Actress To Apologize To LAPD About Detention

Daniele Watts /
By Kim Baldonado and Jason Kandel, Sept. 19, 2014, NBC Los Angeles

It's a story that went viral -- Daniele Watts, a black actress claiming she was detained by the LAPD for kissing her white boyfriend in public.

Civil rights advocates jumped to her defense, including Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

"I was one that was very outspoken about it," he said. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play thing. It's not trivial."

Since the incident, an audiotape has been released in which Watts can be heard refusing to show identification to the officer, who was responding to a call generated by an observer who reported Watts and her boyfriend were engaged in a lewd act in a car on a public street corner.

The police sergeant involved has protested Watts' claims and photos showing Watts straddling her boyfriend in the passenger seat of a car have surfaced. Employees of nearby businesses have also spoken to news outlets and described the behavior that generated the call as more graphic than kissing.

Hutchinson said the audio recording and photos cast doubt on Watts' account and he is now calling on the actress to apologize to the LAPD.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has said that he believes the officers who detained the actress after responding to a report of a couple engaged in lewd behavior inside a car in Studio City acted properly.

He said Thursday that he looks forward to finding out what "really happened."

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