Hollywood Couple Says They Were Racially Profiled By PoliceA romantic getaway turned sour for one celebrity couple after they were stopped by police, CNN reports.

Actors Cherie Johnson and Dennis White say they were handcuffed and harshly questioned during a weekend trip in South Carolina. Johnson and White, who are both African-American, believe that they were racially profiled.

“I’ve been stopped by the police before, but I’ve never been fearful for my life,” Johnson told CNN about the Sept. 23 incident. “They need some kind of sensitivity training.”

According to their account, the couple said that they were on their way to Myrtle Beach when they pulled off the rural highway and parked by a cotton field to take a picture of the plant. When they returned to their car, they noticed a police officer parked behind them with his lights on. The couple says the officer that approached them, who was white, questioned them about drugs, even though he did not find any in the vehicle. White also said that the officer claimed there was a warrant out for Johnson’s arrest but later recanted the statement.

“He told me … I was being detained for his safety because he didn’t know me,” Johnson said.

The Marion County sheriff issued a statement Monday and said that they will further investigate the racial profiling allegations surrounding the couple’s case.

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  • march pisces

    i would say this country is getting worse, but i’d be wrong. it has always been this bad we just are able to hear about it more b/c of the internet. america is always asking god to bless it, but i’m guessing god might be giving the side eye b/c of all of the foolishness that takes place in this county.

  • Mr. Man


    The Almighty isn’t the god they are asking blessings from, this is one of the million reasons why things aren’t getting better.

  • Reading this made me so angry I got a headache. We all know the police will racially profile us, but hearing about it in such detail and knowing that if he reacted in a way any of us would want to, he’d end up either in jail or shot by the officer.

    • they were betting on such a reaction from him, which would have justified his shooting….Maxine….

  • The biggest gang there is.

  • Mike

    Let’s not forget that these two were trespassing onto someone else’s land and stealing his/her property by taking the boles of cotton. If you say it’s not stealing, then you need a refresher course in the term “ownership.”

    • DWB

      How did you know they took cotton based on this article? Maybe law enforcement needs to stay off the internet and solve some real crimes.