Taraji P. Henson Apologizes To Police After Racial Profiling Comment
Taraji P. Henson is apologizing for claiming her son Marcell was racially profiled at The University of Southern California. The Empire star made the comments in an interview with Uptown Magazine.
Henson told Uptown Mag:
“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.”
Then the school’s Department of Public Safety executive director released a statement in response to her comments…
John Thomas expressed:
“I was deeply disturbed to read news reports about a prospective student who felt profiled on or near campus because of his race,” he said. “We encourage reporting of allegations of bias and I hope for the opportunity to have a conversation with the young man and his mother.”
“I would like to look into this matter further and better understand who was involved and what took place,” Thomas continued. “As someone who personally experienced racial profiling as a teenager, I have a stake in learning more about this incident and doing all I can to reach a just resolution.”
Then the Glendale Police Department released dash camera video of the encounter, which contradicted her claims.
According to CNN:
Police Chief Robert Castro said: “Misinformation that was reported in the story in Uptown Magazine with Taraji P. Henson impairs and weakens the relationships between law enforcement and the communities,” Castro said.
Henson retracted her accusations saying:
“A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s,” “Sometimes as humans we overreact without gathering all of 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.”