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.
What we do know is that Daniele told the police she had done nothing wrong, and so they handcuffed her hard enough to make her wrists bleed and threw her in the back of a police car.
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├óΓé¼┬ª 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.]