The 56-year-old said:
[Image via ABC.]
We are simply horrified by this.
Actress Daniele Watts, best known for playing Coco in Django Unchained, suffered an indignity at the hands of the LAPD simply for a little PDA with her boyfriend, celeb chef Brian James Lucas.
After the incident on Thursday, she shared the awful story on Facebook. She wrote:
"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."
The police reportedly demanded that she show ID after receiving a call from a concerned citizen. What that concern might have been, that a man and woman were kissing, we have no idea.
The LAPD has not given a statement yet, apart to say that they're "still looking into this incident."
Daniele, on the other hand, gave a full emotional account. She wrote:
"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!!!!!!!
I was sitting in that back of this cop car, filled with adrenaline, my wrist bleeding in pain, and it occurred to me, that even there, I STILL HAD POWER OVER MY OWN SPIRIT."
You can read the rest at Daniele's page HERE.
[Image via Brian James Lucas/Facebook.]