To be honest, at first glance I thought (and hoped) that this was an article from The Onion. Unfortunately, it seems like the police have transcended even the bounds of parody. I'll keep the commentary on the downlow: the story is self-explanatory. An informative article from The Mic gives us the details.
African-American actress Danièle Watts claims she was "handcuffed and detained" by police officers from the Studio City Police Department in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being mistaken for a prostitute.
According to accounts by Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas, two police officers mistook the couple for a prostitute and client when they were seen showing affection in public. When the officers asked Watts to produce a photo ID when questioned, she refused. Watts was subsequently handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser while the officers attempted to figure out who she was. The two officers released Watts shortly afterwards.
Even more disturbingly (a phrase that it seems I always find use for when discussing the police nowadays), this is not an isolated trend:
In 2008, a Galveston, Texas couple sued three police officers who arrested and beat their 12-year-old daughter after mistaking her for a prostitute. And at the 2011 Netroots Nation convention in Minneapolis, Minn., Cheryl Contee of Jack and Jill Politics asked a panel of African-American women to raise their hands if they had ever been mistaken for a prostitute. Everyone’s hands went up.
Even if justice is blind, her "warriors" sure aren't.
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