- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Los Angeles police officer at the center of the brief detainment of “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts is calling the investigation into suspected racial profiling “disgusting.”

“It’s very frustrating to learn Watts never filed a complaint but the department started its own complaint and no allegations have been framed yet,” said Sgt. Jim Parker, who is being investigated by Internal Affairs along with two junior police officers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Miss Watts, who is black, said she was targeted unfairly because she was kissing her white boyfriend in public. Police said they were responding to a report that the actress and her boyfriend were having sex in a parked car.

Audio later revealed Miss Watts refusing to give police her identification and arguing with the officers. TMZ also released photos that appeared to show the actress straddling her boyfriend in the passenger seat of a car with the door open. An eyewitness told TMZ that Miss Watts‘ bare breasts were exposed.

Sgt. Parker said he and the other officers have been denied due process because they are being investigated without formal charges.

An Internal Affairs investigator sent Sgt. Parker an email explaining that the department is looking into biased policing, unbecoming conduct, unlawful detention, unauthorized use of force, negligence of duty and other accusations, The Hollywood Reporter said.

“It’s like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks,” Sgt. Parker told the magazine. “This is what our department has become under current leadership. It’s disgusting.”

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has not ruled out criminal misdemeanor charges against Miss Watts and her boyfriend for lewdness. Chief Beck also has publicly supported the actions of the officers involved.

Civil Rights leaders gathered Friday morning to condemn Miss Watts. Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson said her story amounted to “crying wolf.” Activists demanded that she issue an apology to the LAPD and the black community.

Though she previously said she would sue the LAPD, Miss Watts has not filed a formal complaint, Sgt. Parker told The Hollywood Reporter.

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