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Taraji P. apologises to police

Taraji P. Henson admits she was mistaken after accusing a cop of racially profiling her son.

The 44-year-old Empire actress recently accused a cop of racially profiling her 20-year-old son Marcell while he was driving around in the Los Angeles suburb.

But dashcam video of the incident, which recorded everything that transpired when Marcell was pulled over by police, showed Taraji’s claims were inaccurate and she is now sorry for the uproar.

“I would like to publicly apologise to the officer and the Glendale Police Department,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Friday. “A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s.

“Sometimes as humans WE overreact without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologise. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”

Taraji apologised just hours after the Glendale Police Department released a 40-minute dashcam video of her son’s interaction with the law enforcement officer.

In the footage the cop can be seen being extraordinarily nice to Marcell. The university student was initially pulled over after he drove through a crosswalk while a woman was walking in it, which is illegal in Glendale. Marcell acknowledged he had marijuana in his backpack, noting he was in possession of a medical marijuana card, which makes the purchase of small amounts of weed legal in the state of California. He also told the cop he had Ritalin pills in the vehicle, however, he did not have a prescription for this medication.

The police officer issued a marijuana citation to Marcell then let the young man on his way.

Taraji revealed in a recent interview with Uptown magazine she was so concerned her son was racially profiled, the pair decided to transfer him from University of Southern California to Howard University in Washington D.C so that he could study in peace.

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