Taraji P. Henson has issued an apology to the LAPD after alleging her son, Marcel Johnson, was racially profiled during a traffic stop. In an interview with Uptown magazine, Henson recounted two instances of alleged profiling of her son. One happened during the stop she apologized and another on the campus of USC.
According to the LA Times, Henson says she overreacted. The Times obtained a 40 minute video of Johnson’s traffic violation. On Friday, via an Instagram message,Henson posted her apology.
“I would like to publicly 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 overreact without gathering all 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.”
During Johnson’s traffic violation, which occurred when he ran through a yellow light on a pedestrian crosswalk, the officer was cordial with him, even after he admitted to having weed.
“I appreciate you being honest with me about the weed,” the officer says. “I do appreciate that because I do smell weed.”
Johnson was issued a citation for possession of marijuana, but let him go for running the yellow light.
“I’m gonna give you a citation for the marijuana,” the officer says in the video. “Listen, I’m not gonna give you a citation for running that yellow, because that’ll actually put a moving violation on your driver’s license, and you’re gonna have to do traffic school and all that stuff. So I’m helping you out by not giving you a violation on that. All I’m gonna do is take the weed.”