“Django” star detained on false profile

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Courtesy Wikimedia Creative Commons

MaryRose Weatherton, Sports/Twitter Editor

“Django Uchained” actress Danièle Watts reported that she was handcuffed and detained last week for public displays of affection in Los Angeles.

The actress was mistaken by police for a prostitute last Thursday, as she was kissing her husband in their car. “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,” she wrote on her Facebook last Friday.

Watts reported that her and her husband had recieved a complaint about their PDA and stopped, but as she stepped out of her car an officer approached her and asked for identification. She refused, “I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong because I’d played a cop on TV and I know my rights,” Watts said. She told him she would not show identification unless he planned to charge her with a crime

A few minutes later another officer approached the car and asked Watts to put her hands behind her back. The officers then put her in the back of the police car while they verified her information. When Watts reminded the officers of their duty to ‘serve and protect’, the officer allegedly retorted ” My job’s not to serve people like you.”

Watts and her husband were questioned and eventually let go. A spokeswoman from the LAPD has responded to the incident. “Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed.” Adding that “An internal complaint investigation has been initiated regarding this matter.”

Danièle Watts and her husband were shaken up by the incident but unharmed. She says that this is not the first time they’ve been stopped by police; Watts believes it’s because of the couple’s interracial status. The actress has said that the most important thing is to let people know what happened. “If something like this can happen to me, an articulate, educated person, certainly there’s more attention we need to shine on places like Ferguson.”