Clutch previously reported Daniele Watts, an Actress cast in “Django Unchained,” was racially profiled over the weekend. On Monday, Watts sat down with anchors from CNN’s “News Day” and gave a detailed account of what happened.
Prior to Watts’ account, the conversation that transpired between the actress and the police officer was aired.
When asked if she felt differently watching the incident than experiencing it she replied, “I feel like it’s something that I am very appreciative is being made aware you know to the people of this country. I feel humbled by the experience and I know there is a lot for us all to grow and learn from it.”
According to Watts, the couple were making out in the their vehicle when the police arrived stating there was a couple participating in lewd acts. The officer only acknowledged her white boyfriend; until she blurted out she would not hand over her ID.
Watts did not hand over her ID because she believed she was in her constitutional rights to make that decision. She said, “I’m within my amendment rights, my constitutional rights to say, ‘No, unless you’re charging me with a crime I will not be giving you my ID’ that is a right that I stand up for because of the shoulders that I stand on… because of the people who fought so hard for their rights that came before me. Black, white, all people have been fighting for these rights for freedom. It’s beyond race at this point.”
Check out the 11-minute video below.