Taraji Henson Issues Public Apology To Glendale Police
Just a week after citing repeated racial profiling as the reasoning she refused to send her son to USC, Glendale Police have released dashcam video of the “race based” traffic stop that sparked her uneasiness about sending her son to college in Southern California. Instead of a blatantly-racial stop-and-search, it appears to show a valid traffic stop that resulted in a search of the young man due to his own admission of having potentially illegal substances in his possession. Via LA Times:
The footage obtained by the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 18 shows the officer driving in traffic about 10:10 p.m. in Glendale when the actress’ son, who is in a Honda Civic ahead of him, drives through a lighted crosswalk as a person walks across. His race was not apparent in the video as he was driving.
the officer approaches Henson’s son’s Honda and tells him he was stopped for driving through a lighted crosswalk while someone was walking in it. The youth tells the officer he was headed to a friend’s home in Calabasas.
Then the officer asked whether he had anything illegal in his car, and the young man responded that he had marijuana in his backpack, according to the video. He told the officer he has a state-issued medical marijuana license but couldn’t find it.
During the lengthy traffic stop shown on the video, Johnson was searched and then told the officer he had Ritalin, a prescription pill used to treat hyperactivity, in his car. He admitted he didn’t have a prescription and got the pill from a friend.
Johnson then consented and allowed the officer to search his car. At that point, the officer was joined by two other officers and a police cadet.
Hours after the video hit the internet, Taraji apologized for accusing the Police department of racism:
Well at least she apologized. We wonder if she’ll still be sending him to Howard University?