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Police procedure at issue in LAPD detaining 'Django Unchained' actress

Actress Danielle Watts arrives at a screening of Tribeca Film's
Actress Danielle Watts arrives at a screening of Tribeca Film's "Struck By Lightning" at the Chinese Cinema 6 Theaters on January 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.

Brian Lucas told KCBS-TV in a joint interview with Watts that he suspects police mistook the black actress for a prostitute "because he was asking me questions like, 'Who is she? How do you know her? Are you together?"

The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained the pair after a complaint that two people were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed. 

Did the LAPD police officers follow procedure in responding to a call about lewd behavior? In what instances do citizens have a right to refuse to show identification? 


Tim Williams, Retired LAPD Senior Detective Supervisor (Robbery-Homicide Division), 1974-2003; Expert on police procedure and use-of-force for state and federal court

Lieutenant Andy Neiman, officer in charge of media relations for LAPD