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Daniele Watts, ‘Django’ Actress, Details Her ‘Racist’ Police Encounter

Daniele Watts, an actress who appeared in 'Django Unchained' claims she was the victim of racism at the hands of Studio City police.

Daniele Watts, an actress who appeared in ‘Django Unchained’ claims she was the victim of racism at the hands of Studio City police.

Daniele Watts, an actress who is best known for her role in the Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained,” found herself chained by Los Angeles police who she says thought she was a prostitute because she was “making out” with a white man.

The white man happened to be her boyfriend. They were seated in a silver Mercedes when police received a 911 call that two people were engaged in “indecent exposure.”

Watts wrote a lengthy account of the incident on her Facebook page. Her companion said race was a factor because he is white and she is African-American.

But police offered a different account of the incident. They said Watts was uncooperative and hostile, according to gossip site TMZ. She reportedly began complaining, citing her race and refused to show any identification.

Witnesses claimed the two were having sex in the car, according to the gossip site.

Check out her complete Facebook statement below:

Danielle Watts is show handcuffed as police attempt to question her. The photo was snapped by her boyfriend and posted on Instagram.

Danielle Watts is show handcuffed as police attempt to question her. The photo was snapped by her boyfriend and posted on Instagram.

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.

Police said they are investigating the incident through their internal affairs department.

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