Daniele Watts and Brian James Lucas

Daniele Watts and Brian James Lucas

*Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Project Islamic Hope Director Najee Ali on Tuesday, October 21, said that the decision by the LA City Attorney to prosecute Actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend on lewd conduct charges sends the strong message that charging racial profiling must and cannot be used to mask misconduct or illegal behavior.

“We made it clear from the moment that Watts and her boyfriend claimed racial profiling when there was no evidence that this was the case,” says Hutchinson and Ali,” that racial profiling is not a toy, a plaything, and something to be charged frivolously, but a deadly issue that civil rights leaders and organizations take very seriously and have waged and will continue to battle against when it’s justified. That wasn’t the case with Watts and her conduct and the city attorney’s action proves that.”