Actress Taraji P. Henson Says Her Son Was Racially Profiled At USC

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson says her 20-year-old son will attend Howard University after she says he was racially profiled by police at USC.

The “Empire” star made the comments in the latest issue of Uptown magazine, which features her on the cover.

Henson said her son, Marcel, was stopped by police on the Los Angeles campus “for having his hands in his pockets.” She said he now plans to attend her alma mater, the historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C.

John Thomas, the chief of USC’s Department of Public Safety, said in a statement Tuesday that any allegation of unequal treatment by university officers would trigger an investigation.

In a statement provided to CBS2, Thomas further said:

“I was deeply disturbed to read news reports about a prospective student who felt profiled on or near campus because of his race. We encourage reporting of allegations…

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