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USC To Investigate Taraji P. Henson’s Claims Of Her Son Being Racially Profiled On Campus

In this July 20, 2014 file photo, Taraji P. Henson attends the FOX Summer TCA All-Star Party at Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif. Henson stars as the glamorous ex-con Cookie in “Empire,” premiering Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Draped in fabulous fur coats and drenched in attitude, Henson’s Cookie is the heart of the Fox drama, a fiercely devoted mother and astute businesswoman who’s fearless when it comes to getting what she wants. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
In this July 20, 2014 file photo, Taraji P. Henson attends the FOX Summer TCA All-Star Party at Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

 

(The Huffington Post) – Taraji P. Henson’s decision to enroll her son at Howard University as a result of the 20-year-old’s experience with racial profiling by police at the University of Southern California has prompted a series of reactions.

Henson previously told Uptown magazine that she would rather transfer her son to Howard, which is a Historically Black College or University, to lessen his chances of being racially profiled. Her comments have attracted the attention of numerous fans, media outlets and has even prompted the National Action Network to call for an investigation into the USC’s police department.

In addition to the many responses, one official at the University of Southern California addressed Henson’s claims and expressed interest in looking further into the issue in hopes of finding a resolution.

USC’s Department of Public Safety John Thomas, who has spent 21 years as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department prior to joining the staff at USC, made the following statement:

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