Police Release Video In Response To Taraji P. Henson's Racial Profile Claim
It's the moment Empire star Taraji P. Henson says her son was pulled over by Glendale, California police.
Taraji said, "He did everything the cops told him to do, including illegally search his car. I said, 'Why did you do that?' He said, 'Mom, I figured if I let them just do whatever, they wouldn't have an excuse to beat me up.' My son has to walk around with that on his shoulders."
But the cop seems as polite as can be as he asks Taraji's 20-year-old, Marcel, if he has drugs in his car.
Officer: "I want you to be completely honest with me is there anything illegal in the car I should know about now?"
And here's what he says when Marcel admits he has some weed, for which, he has a state-issued medical license.
Officer: "Okay. I appreciate you being honest with me about the weed. I do appreciate that, because I do smell weed, so thank you for being honest about that, alright?"
And after he searches the young man's car, the police officer even does him a solid.
Officer: "I'm not going to give you a citation for running that yellow because that will actually put a moving violation on your driver's licence."
Taraji created a social media firestorm last week by revealing that she believes Marcel was racially profiled by the Glendale police.
To dispute that claim, Glendale cops released the video, as well as a statement calling Taraji's claims "misinformation."
They also said: "Marcel was co-operative and the officers were professional."
Taraji also told Uptown magazine that her son was confronted by campus police when he was checking out USC in Los Angeles.
Taraji said, "I'm going to see my friends. 'Get your (blank) hands out of your pocket!' What you got in your backpack? Get your (blank) hands out your pocket!' "
The incident was so upsetting, says Taraji, she decided to send her son to Howard Univerisity in Washington, a traditionally all-black college.
"Guess where he's going? Howard University. I'm not paying $60,000 for my child so I can't sleep at night wondering is this the night he's getting racially profiled."
No response from Taraji on the police video.