The star of Fox’s “Empire,” Taraji P. Henson has been caught red handed lying about racial profiling.
Henson told Uptown Magazine her son, Marcel Johnson, was stopped by police because of his race.
“My child has been racially profiled. 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,” she told the magazine. “Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”
She’s right. No parent should have to worry that their child is being harassed by police.
Just one minor problem.
The Los Angeles Times released video footage of the incident in question and Henson’s story is not remotely the same as what actually happened.
The officer pulled Johnson over for driving through a crosswalk where the yellow lights were flashing and a pedestrian was crossing.
After being pulled over the Johnson told the officer he had marijuana in his backpack but had a prescription for it. He couldn’t produce the prescription.
The officer asked Johnson to step out of the car and asked him if there was anything else he should know about, to which Johnson replied that he had Ritalin in the car.
The video ends with the cop issuing a citation for the marijuana but only giving him a warning on the moving violation because he didn’t want Johnson to have to go to traffic school and get points on his license.
“I am not going to give you a citation for running that yellow because that would actually put a moving violation on your driving license, and you are going to have to go to traffic school and all that stuff, so I am helping you by not giving you a violation on it. All I am going to do is take the weed from you,” the officer said.
“It felt like this was a little better than the other one,” he continued. “I am giving this to you too because you smoked weed about two hours ago — and a warning if you have Ritalin on you and you’re not supposed to, don’t do it. That’s a big violation and I wouldn’t want to do that to you.”
When confronted with the video her representative Pamela Sharp told the L.A. Times “We have said all and wish to protect her son’s privacy.”
I probably wouldn’t want to talk about it if I was just proven to be a race baiting liar either.
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