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L.A. Civil Rights Activists Say "Django" Actress Should Apologize to Police

September 23, 2014  | 

VIDEO: L.A. Civil Rights Activists Say "Django" Actress Should Apologize to Police

Civil rights leaders in Los Angeles have called for a "Django Unchained" actress to apologize after claiming Los Angeles Police Department officers racially profiled her.

Project Islamic Hope President Najee Ali, Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and other civil rights leaders held a meeting to denounce Daniele Watts after a recent incident, CBS2 reports.

Watts, 28, was detained by officers responding to an "indecent exposure" call on Sept. 11 in the 11900 block of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.

Police said they had received several calls about a couple engaging in lewd behavior in a parked vehicle. Watts, a black woman, said they were merely showing affection and claims officers were racially profiling her because she was with her white boyfriend, Chef Brian James Lucas.

An audio file recorded by a sergeant captured Watts refusing to give her identification and insisting officers were giving her a hard time because of her race. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck defended the officers' actions.

Civil rights leaders previously called the incident a blatant act of racial profiling before the audio recording and several photos were released.


Comments (8)

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Retired NY Boss @ 9/23/2014 4:51 PM

Good. Nice to see some folks still have common sense and are willing to admit when they jump to a conclusion.

Bill @ 9/23/2014 7:19 PM

Watts apologize? How about the activist group issue a formal apology for blindly following a liar because she said what they wanted to hear?

TheRookie @ 9/23/2014 10:06 PM

Nice to have the new equipment that's needed to keep ones career in todays L.E. Won't be long before the Conspiracy Theorists believe that the cameras & audio will be tampered with. Can please half of the people half of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. You active Officers have a tough job these days. Thanks for your service.

Mike @ 9/24/2014 1:56 AM

Everyone behaves better when police wear audio & video recorders. Citizens who know they're being recorded behave better and make far fewer abuse claims against officers and officers behave better and are less likely to use excessive force in encounters with the public. Recordings should be public record and not require FOIA or lawsuits to be reviewed by the public. http://online.wsj.com/articles/what-happens-when-police-officers-wear-body-cameras-1408320244

Ed @ 9/24/2014 4:39 AM

"Civil rights leaders previously called the incident a blatant act of racial profiling before the audio recording and several photos were released."

yeah, no bias there at all

DEADMAN @ 9/24/2014 5:29 AM

If i was a studio Executive,i wouldn't hire her ass,if she can lie and cause a racial commotion ,during interaction with the police and be blatant about it,she would be a racial incident ,looking for a place to happen and a laesuit,she has no credability,whatsoever and those civil rights people should give a public apology to the officers involved ,in the news,on tv,radio,and the internet.

Sky @ 9/24/2014 6:40 AM

The so called Civil Rights individuals should be the ones apologizing. Those AH's jumped right into the fray to back up the lying AH without themselves having any facts. They're just as culpable. I expect a wanna be actress who was in the type of film she was in to behave just like she did. She did not expect to get caught in her lies because that is what individuals like her do. Thank goodness the Sgt had a recording device. It would have been him versus I.A. and Jesse and Eric and BHO with the Sgt fighting to defend his honor and and reputation.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/24/2014 9:44 AM

But guys she knows all about police work, she played a cop on tv. LOL

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