Black Actress Complains After Getting Arrested By Police For Kissing White Man, Mistaken For Prostitute
Hollywood actress Danièle Watts, most recently seen in Django Unchained, cries as an Los Angeles Police Department officer arrests her for prostitution. The police believed she was a street walker because she was seen ‘kissing a wealthy looking white man’ and clearly, he would not just be dating a lowly looking black woman.
The backstory here starts in Hollywood, where Watts was enjoying a day out in public with her white husband. It was a beautiful day and the couple dared to kiss each other, instantly capturing the eyes of a passing police cruiser.
Officers rushed up to Watts and her husband, demanding they immediately ‘show some IDs’. Watts, who was talking on the phone with her father when the police rushed her, immediately refused and claimed she was doing nothing wrong. Angered with her non-compliance of showing her freedom papers, the police had no choice but to physically assault Watts and handcuff her against a cop car.
The cops then forcibly threw Watts into the car, accusing her of resisting arrest and being a prostitute. It was not until they confiscated her belongings and searched her handbag without her permission, did they find out that she was not a prostitute, but instead an up-and-coming Hollywood actress with big media connections.
A part of Watts’ outrage:
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!!!!!!!
The Los Angeles Police Department initially denied any of this happened, allegedly. The department purportedly reports this was not an official arrest so there is no record of the events that they know of at all. Unfortunately, bystanders had their phones out and took pictures of everything that transpired.
It is just getting so hard for police to get away with blatant racism this day and age, so sad. Right? There is a mound of evidence, including the introductory image. Notice how Watts is crying as the police violate her Civil Rights.