This story is un. believe. able.
Actress Daniele Watts was arrested on a street in LA, after police assumed she was a prostitute.
She was fully clothed and kissing her husband, who happens to be caucasian.
Django Unchained actress Danielle Watts was detained by the LAPD on September 11th, when a call was made to police citing that a prostitute was publicly engaging with a client in a car outside the CBS studios in Los Angeles.
Police arrived and demanded to see the ID of Daniele’s husband, Brian James Lucas, who obliged. They then asked to see Daniele’s ID, who refused on grounds that she had done nothing wrong.
Danielle shared this distressing image of the moment she was handcuffed… For making out with her own husband.
The fact that this happened, in 2014, based purely on the fact that an inter-racial couple were showing affection in public, is a fucking disgrace.
A video of the arrest has also been made public.
Here’s Danielle and her husband, being loving in public as they, and every and any couple, should be allowed to do.
Just being beautiful and in love and married and happy:
And again, supreme loveliness as a couple:
Danielle told the whole story on her Facebook page:
“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.
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.
Those cops could not stop me from expressing myself. They could not stop the cathartic tears and rage from flowing out of me. They could not force me to feel bad about myself. Yes, they had control over my physical body, but not my emotions. My feelings. My spirit was, and still is FREE.
I will continue to look any “authority figure” in the eye without fear. NO POLICE OFFICER OR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ME. WE ARE EQUALS. I KNOW THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE FREE BECAUSE THAT IS THE NATURE OF MY SPIRIT.
And moreover, I deeply enjoyed connecting with the cops who detained me. I allowed myself to be honest about my anger, frustration, and rage as tears flowed from my eyes. The tears I cry for a country that calls itself “the land of the free and the home of the brave” and yet detains people for claiming that very right.
Today I exist with courage, knowing that I am blessed to have experienced what I did today. All of those feelings, no matter how uncomfortable. These feelings are what builds my internal strength, my ability to grow through WHATEVER may happen to me.”