Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Saying Her Son Was Racially Profiled By Police

Taraji P. Henson claims son was racially profiled

Last month, Empire star Taraji P. Henson spoke with Uptown magazine about an incident where her son was racially profiled when he was stopped by police on his way home from USC.

The actress said that her son followed police orders after he was pulled over by an officer — even though they allegedly searched his car illegally.

Now, a 40-minute video obtained by the Los Angeles Times shows the police report footage from the actual incident in Glendale, CA.

The footage from Oct. 18 shows an officer pulling over Marcell Johnson (Henson’s son) after he drove through a lighted crosswalk as a pedestrian crosses.

When the officer asked whether he had anything illegal in his car, Johnson responded that he had marijuana in his backpack — for which he had a state-issued medical marijuana license.

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The actress’s son then consented and allowed the officer to search his car. The police cited the young man for possessing marijuana, because he did not have his medical marijuana card on him at the time.

The officer told the young man he could go to court, show proof he had a prescription and most likely just pay a fine.

In response to the video, a rep for the actress told the L.A. Times:

“We have said all and wish to protect her son’s privacy.”

Check out the video (below) to watch the footage!

The actress has since apologized, saying:

“I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s. Sometimes we as humans WE overreact without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize.”

[Image via Nicky Nelson/WENN.]

Mar 27, 2015 6:45pm PDT

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