UPDATE (09/18/2014): Wu oh. Looks like they were totally having sex in public and everyone saw it. Retract from here on down based on reported camera footage from one of the officers involved.
Danielle Watts is a Black woman and an actress. She was in Django Unchained and she lives in L.A. and also dates celebrity chef Brian Lucas. On September 11th she was sitting in his car and they were kissing. Apparently this set of the alarms of the miscegenation police because someone saw them and called the actual police to report the public display of affection as an act of prostitution.
When the cops arrived they asked for identification from both Watts and Lucas. Watts refused, presumably because kissing, fully clothed, and not engaging in any sex or sex-like activities, is totally legal in the enlightened city of Los Angeles aka the pornography capital of the world.
So, they handcuffed her and detained her because that’s clearly reasonable and not a gross overreaction. Her boyfriend, Lucas, did show his i.d. and was not placed in handcuffs which makes this look like it isn’t about the reported incident of “prostitution” but about refusing to present her identification which she’s not legally required to do. This isn’t Nazi Germany, you don’t have to present your papers.
Here’s Danielle’s account straight from 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.
That internal knowing is what guides me in this world. Not the law, not fear, not mistrust of government or cops or anything else.
In this moment there is a still small voice whispering to me. It says: You are love. You are free. You are pure.
The LAPD claims to have no record of the incident and so they’ve promised to investigate. While we’re waiting for hell to freeze over, here’s five videos of a bunch of White men refusing to show identification all over the country and never getting detained.