Black actress apologizes to police after claiming her son was racially profiled

Black actress apologizes to police after claiming her son was racially profiled

Actress Taraji P. Henson is apologizing for claiming her son was racially profiled during a traffic stop in Southern California last year.

The Glendale Police Department released dash cam video of the encounter Friday, which contradicted her son’s claims.

Police released the footage after Henson commented about the alleged profiling in an Uptown Magazine interview published last month.

In her interview, the star of the hit television show “Empire” said her son, Marcell Johnson, 20, was racially profiled in Glendale and at the University of Southern California, where she accused campus police of stopping him for “having his hands in his pockets.”

After her son’s claim, she vowed to send him to Howard University in Washington instead.

“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 said.

Even the University of Southern California stepped in, with its public safety director, John Thomas, saying he was disturbed by the report of the profiling, and was investigating it further.

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