Monday, 15 September 2014

Django Chained

quote [ Daniele Watts, an African-American actress who has starred in Hollywood films such as Django Unchained, has claimed she was "handcuffed and detained" by Los Angeles police officers after being mistaken for a prostitute. ]

I saw this yesterday but I didn't want to be a Debbie Downer after the music post.

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Daniele Watts, an African-American actress who has starred in Hollywood films such as Django Unchained, has claimed she was "handcuffed and detained" by Los Angeles police officers after being mistaken for a prostitute.

Two police officers approached Watts and her white husband Brian James Lucas when they were seen showing affection in public, the actress said in a Facebook post.

She claims she refused to produce her photo ID when asked by police, and was then handcuffed and held in a police car as the officers tried to figure out who she was. She reportedly cut her wrist as she was handled roughly by the LAPD officers.

Watts also posted pictures to Facebook, in which she is handcuffed and crying. She was released shortly afterwards.

"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, " she wrote in the post.

"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!!!!!!!


She continued: "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.

Her husband, Brian James Lucas, a chef, supported her account of the events in a social media posting of his own. He wrote: "From the questions that he asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).


"They handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was. In the process of handcuffing her, they cut her wrist, which was truly NOT COOL!!!"
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[by lilmookieesquire@8:55amGMT]

Comments

ComposerNate said[1] @ 2:22pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:2 Funny]
AssBastard said @ 10:48am GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Interesting]
Update to the story is that the cops are saying that witnesses say she had just had sex in a car with her husband, so that certainly, if true, could have contributed to the idea she was a prostitute.
AssBastard said @ 10:52am GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Informative]
As loathe as I am to link to TMZ, they've got the audio recording of the arrest. Witnesses say she and the husband were having sex in the car with the door open, and she kinda let the fame thing go to her head. Here's the link.
steele said @ 11:20am GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Funny]
steele said @ 11:22am GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 WTF]
Totally been there though. Had the cops called on me and my date while sitting on the patio of a winghouse because people inside claimed we were having sex. No PDA allowed!
AssBastard said @ 11:28am GMT on 15th Sep
Ugh, that sucks.

I mean, you weren't having sex, were you?
steele said @ 11:58am GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Interesting]
Well... No :P We thought were just being all kissy face but, admittedly, we were pretty drunk. So, who knows. The manager defended us and the cops never even came over to us, so I don't think we were that bad. My reputation did go through the roof after that though, so it wasn't the end of the world :)
ComposerNate said @ 7:49pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:5]


Congratulations steele on joining these noble ranks. Please note you are the first awarded on this, your site, for which we all thank you for keeping the gang together.

lilmookieesquire said @ 7:56pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Underrated]
Congratulations Steele. This is a really special moment and I'm so proud of you. I always thought you'd make the wall one day.
steele said @ 8:52pm GMT on 15th Sep
I can't wait to tell my journal! :)
sanepride said @ 1:45am GMT on 16th Sep
You're in good company, right up there with valen85.
steele said @ 2:28am GMT on 16th Sep
It's everything I've dreamed it would be!
steele said @ 8:51pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Classy Pr0n]
Yay! You're welcome and thank you. It's an honor :)
AssBastard said @ 12:06pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Funny]
"That's Steele! He's the makeout king! Legend says he had sex just by kissing a girl!"
"Whoa, man, that's AWESOME! I want to have sex by kissing!"
"Calm down there, Phil, you'll get your chance."
steele said @ 12:31pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Funny]
Menchi said @ 1:56pm GMT on 15th Sep
Wow, how utterly embarrassing. Everyone knows it's "Daylight SavinG", not "Daylight SavingS".
spleen23 said @ 6:08pm GMT on 15th Sep
Daylight savings is appropriate since they are two a year with the same name
AssBastard said @ 6:53pm GMT on 15th Sep
Incorrect. Daylight Saving Time is only once a year, typically between Spring and Fall. Standard time is the period between Fall and Spring. You'll see during December that Eastern time is abbreviated EST (Eastern Standard Time) and in the summer, EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
lilmookieesquire said @ 7:54pm GMT on 15th Sep
Many print, online, and broadcast media sources that cover news articles, announcements or features about daylight saving time (DST) often use the phrase “daylight savings” or “daylight savings time”. These phrases are used to describe the possible energy or electricity savings that are made (or not made) as a result of such a schedule...

Nonetheless, “daylight savings time” is still commonly used, especially in countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States. It is likely that the incorrect term “savings” entered the popular vocabulary because it is so often used in everyday contexts, such as “savings account”.
Onix said @ 10:25pm GMT on 15th Sep
Steele. Where you drunk to the point that you did not know if you were having sex? Is that what you mean?
steele said @ 10:43pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Informative]
No, but I don't know how it may have looked. I mean, Alcohol + Heat of Moment might not necessarily equal kissy face that was going on in my head and instead may have actually been dry humping. These things happen.
Onix said @ 10:52pm GMT on 15th Sep
Oh. That makes sense. Thank you.
foobar said @ 2:46pm GMT on 15th Sep
I'm not sure they could be any more racist if they'd tried.
AssBastard said @ 2:48pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Insightful]
It's the LAPD. Of course they could.
lilmookieesquire said @ 8:34pm GMT on 15th Sep
True professionals!
De_Wr0ng said @ 6:12pm GMT on 16th Sep
Where's the video of her having sex in the car? If there were witnesses to that act you can bet there is video.
sanepride said @ 3:28pm GMT on 15th Sep
Here's the thing though- if we're going to make prostitution illegal (and I know this is a questionable, complex moral call) then they should arrest the johns too. If she and her husband were indeed fucking etc out there in their car then why wasn't he also arrested?
AssBastard said @ 4:34pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Insightful]
Isn't one of our taglines here "Prostitution is a combination of sex and free enterprise, which one of those do you have a problem with?"
mechavolt said @ 8:40pm GMT on 15th Sep
I'm sorry, but I'm a socialist.
sanepride said @ 8:44pm GMT on 15th Sep
Never apologize for being a socialist.
Ankylosaur said @ 4:15pm GMT on 15th Sep
Because he showed them his ID which clearly showed that his name wasn't "John".
maryyugo said @ 4:34pm GMT on 15th Sep
I don't think it was an arrest for prostitution. They couldn't figure out who she was. She refused to produce an ID or a DL.

Not only do cops arrest johns, they even set them up with decoys to arrest them.

I think laws against prostitution should be illegal, it should be regulated, health requirements imposed, and it should be taxed.

But this was about having sex in the open and in public. That's probably not a good idea in any society.

foobar said @ 5:38pm GMT on 15th Sep
Was it? Cops always seem to come up with an excuse when they charge someone with Walking While Black, or resisting arrest. You should presume they're full of shit.
sanepride said @ 8:43pm GMT on 15th Sep
No question that there's a lot of endemic racism on the part of law enforcement, but I'd argue that automatically presuming all cops are racist isn't much different than cops who presume all black people are guilty.
foobar said @ 8:53pm GMT on 15th Sep
I don't think that presuming that there is endemic racism within the LAPD is really that unreasonable. More importantly, when caught misbehaving, cops always drum out a trumped up charge against their accuser; they should be granted the presumption of innocence until those charges are proven in court.
sanepride said @ 11:55pm GMT on 15th Sep
Sure, what I'm saying is that you shouldn't necessarily presume that every arrest of a person of color is due to racism.
foobar said @ 12:52am GMT on 16th Sep
You should probably consider the possibility, but you should consider all cases of racial profiling to be racism because those are synonyms.
sanepride said @ 1:50am GMT on 16th Sep
Sure, all actual cases of racial profiling would qualify as racism. I'm with you there.
But once again, sometimes a black person may be stopped and arrested for a legitimate reason that has nothing to do with racial profiling. To assume that every such case is racial profiling is a type of profiling in itself.
foobar said @ 7:57am GMT on 16th Sep
Sure, but when a black woman with a white partner gets accused of being a prostitute, it's pretty much racism unless she is (and then it only probably is).
GordonGuano said @ 3:16pm GMT on 15th Sep
HANDS UP! NOT A 'TUTE!
lilmookieesquire said @ 3:19pm GMT on 15th Sep
I kind of get the feeling that if she as having sex in the car "WITH THE DOOR WIDE OPEN for everyone to see"- tmz, then at least one person would have taken a picture. Ya she is way overly dramatic but I would be too if I thought I was getting arrested/being given a hard time by the police etc.
foobar said @ 8:57pm GMT on 15th Sep
Given her position, she might have felt obligated to stand up to them. Sure, she could have walked away from it after a few minutes if she'd shown her ID, but people shouldn't have to put up with that and she's got the money and power to get herself out of any trouble they might throw her way for not acting subservient.
maryyugo said @ 4:31pm GMT on 15th Sep
Self explanatory:
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"TMZ obtained police audio of the incident. Watts instantly plays the race card when Sgt. Jim Parker asked for her ID. She quickly moves from the race card to the fame card -- then storms off, refusing to show her ID."
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What's the cop supposed to do? Kiss her ass?
conception said @ 5:23pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:4 Insightful]
Let her go unless their was evidence of wrong doing?
satanspenis666 said @ 6:10pm GMT on 15th Sep
I thought the LAPD could legal arrest anyone for being Black, under Jim Crow laws.
GordonGuano said @ 8:39pm GMT on 15th Sep
It does sound like she never got the talk.
artmonkey415 said @ 2:37am GMT on 16th Sep
This is worth a read in regards to what happened there
https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/know-your-rights/your-rights-and-police
Although she is not required to show ID the police CAN ask her to identify herself if they SUSPECT
HoZay said @ 3:27am GMT on 16th Sep
It's pretty easy for cops to come up with some bullshit reason - they can claim you fit the description of someone they had a warrant for, or they had heard was a suspect in some recent crime. They can fuck with you long enough to ruin your day, then tell you to move along, and it's pretty hard to show them as just being assholes.

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