Taraji P. Henson’s claims that her 20-year-old son was racially profiled on the campus of the University of Southern California, has sparked an investigation by the campus’ chief of police. In an interview with Uptown, Henson said after her son Marcel was racially profiled, she decided to send him to Howard University.

USC’ Public Safety Director John Thomas issued a statement about Henson’s claims:

“I was deeply disturbed to read news reports about a prospective student who felt profiled on or near campus because of his race. We encourage reporting of allegations of bias and I hope for the opportunity to have a conversation with the young man and his mother.”

“I would like to look into this matter further and better understand who was involved and what took place. As someone who personally experienced racial profiling as a teenager, I have a stake in learning more about this incident and doing all I can to reach a just resolution.”

“It is not clear to me which police departments were involved. Any allegation of bias or unequal treatment by university officers would trigger an investigation that I would supervise along with the university’s Office of Equity and Diversity. It is my expectation and that of the university that our department uphold the highest standards of constitutional policing, affording equal rights and respect to all persons.”

In her interview, Henson stated that her son was profiled by cops because he had his hands in his pockets.

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