Hey have you seen the movie “Django Unchained”? “Well one of the actress’s from the movie was detained by the police for not showing her ID”.
“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts said on CNN Monday that she refused to give a Los Angeles Police Officer her identification when he asked for it because, “I believe in America and what it stands for.” Police said they were responding to calls from witnesses who said Watts and her boyfriend were involved in a “sexual act” in a public place in their car. Legal experts say the officer did have the right to request identification if he suspected illegal behavior (Duke 2014).
There has been a lot of attention on police racial profiling since the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson. Police “men” some how think they have the authority to arrest or detain a citizen without probable cause. In this case the police stated that they suspected that the actor and her boyfriend were involved in prostitution because they were displaying public display of affection also known as PDA. Since when is PDA classified as prostitution?
“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts says Los Angeles police allegedly detained her because they thought she was a prostitute.
A watt, which is African-American, and her white boyfriend accuse police of racism for questioning them after they were seen showing affection in public (Duke 2014).
I believe that this was in fact racial profiling; because when the police got the call all he heard was that there was “white male and black women being sexual in public”. The police automatically jumped to the conclusion that Daniele was a prostitute and that her boyfriend was the “pimp”. When is a crime for a black and white couple to show their feeling for one another? America really need to wake up and smell the coffee in my opinion. This incident is really just the tip of the ice-burg because just a month ago a teenager was gunned down in the middle of the road for being black yes I said “Black”. There is so much hardship that African Americans and Latinos have to deal with just because of the melanin in their skin.
While Daniele was in cuffs she stated to the police that he thinks he has power and that he thinks he can just go around asking for identification card without probable cause and his response was “I DO HAVE POWER”. This right here is a prime example of modern day slaver. Just because he was able to put her in cuffs and get her identification card was a sign of power and control In his eyes.
In the interview that Daniele had with CNN the interviewer claimed that if she had gave the police her ID then it wouldn’t have escalated that far. The interviewer didn’t see that this was more than just giving the police her ID, it was Daniele standing up her rights and what she believed.
Duke, A. (2014, September 15). ‘Django Unchained’ actress defends not giving ID to cop. Retrieved September 23, 2014