Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Accusing Police of Racially Profiling Her Son

Rucuss staffMarch 28, 2015

Empire star Taraji P. Henson has apologized to the Glendale police for accusing them of racially profiling her son during a traffic stop.

Henson had a change of heart after a 40-minute video obtained by the Los Angeles Times showed that police may not have improperly targeted her 20-year old son, Marcel.

“I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” Henson said on Instagram with the hashtag #TurningANegativeIntoAPositive #LoveTarajiPHenson. “A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s. Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case, I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”

Henson made headlines last week when she accused officers for ticketing Marcel during a routine stop in Glendale, Calif. Earlier today, police video of the stop made its way onto the internet and the footage seemed to prove there was no evidence of racial profiling involved with the traffic stop.

Henson’s original claims were made to Uptown magazine last month. “My child has been racially profiled,” she said. “He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.”

As for the video that surfaced today from Oct.18, the footage showed that the police officer actually let Marcel off easy and gave him a ticket for possessing marijuana instead of driving through a crosswalk with blinking lights (a moving violation).

“So I’m going to give you a citation for the marijuana,” the police officer said. “Listen, I’m not going to give you a citation for running that yellow because that will actually put a moving violation on your license and you’re going to have to do traffic school and all that stuff. So I’m helping you out by not giving you a violation on that. All I’m going to do is take the weed from you. You can go to court and show your prescription and stuff and you can handle it that way,” the cop explained. “It felt like this was a little better than the other one. I am giving this to you too because you smoked weed about two hours ago.”

Watch footage from the incident below.

Photo via Uptown Magazine


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