actress Daniele Watts took to Facebook
last week to air her grievances about a run-in with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department that she says was unwarranted.
"Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers ... after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," Watts wrote. "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."
Her partner, celebrity chef Brian James Lucas, later took to his own Facebook
account, writing, "Yesterday, Daniele Watts & I were accosted by police officers after showing our affection publicly. From the questions that he asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client)."
Lucas went on to admit that Watts refused to show her ID to authorities when asked.
"Because of my past experience with the law, I gave him my ID knowing we did nothing wrong and when they asked D for hers, she refused to give it because they had no right to do so," he wrote. "So they handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was. In the process of handcuffing her, they cut her wrist, which was truly NOT COOL!!!"
Raw video was released online showing Watts talking to an officer with her hands behind her back.
According to People
, LAPD spokeswoman Sally Madera said that the department is still collecting information about the Studio City encounter.
Watts concluded her Facebook post by looking at the silver lining, writing, "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."
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