By Joshua D. Copeland
Empire Actress Taraji P. Henson apologized to the Glendale police officer for overreacting. But after many incidents of police brutality, many people question if an apology was necessary at all.
Henson admitted Friday that she was wrong for accusing the Glendale police officer for racially profiling her 20-year-old son Marcell Johnson.
Los Angeles Times shows Marcell Johnson being pulled over by Glendale police and undergoing proper procedure on Oct 18 after driving through a lighted crosswalk while a pedestrian was walking on it.
Turns out the police found weed, hash oil, marijuana, a grinder and a small knife. While the police determined the knife legal, Johnson broke the law with everything else.
Henson stated in an interview with Essence magazine that the police officers pulled her son over and illegally searched his car due to racial profiling.
After seeing the video showing that the officer was in the right, Henson took to Instagram to apologize.
“I would like to apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” Henson wrote. “A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s. Sometimes as humans we over react without gathering all the facts. As a mother in this case I over reacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”
Many fans believe that Taraji was the bigger person for apologizing for her accusations. Mean while, others aren’t so understanding.
Many people would consider incidents of police drawing their guns on citizens (particularly Black people) as overreactions. Interestingly, we have yet to hear apologies for the deaths of Tamir Rice and John Crawford – who were both killed carrying toy guns – from the overreactions of racial profiling. But Hell is most likely to freeze over twice before that happens.
What do you think about Taraji P. Henson apologizing to police for assuming racial profiling? Was she right for assuming potential and illegal harm towards her son?
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