Two actors stopped by police in Marion County claim they were racially profiled
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:39:38 GMT —
Two Hollywood actors, Cherie Johnson and Dennis White, claim they were stopped and racially profiled in Marion County on September 22nd, according to a CNN iReport.
According to the couple, a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy put handcuffs on the couple and questioned them for drugs and searched their car.
On Monday, Marion County Sheriff Mark Richardson issued a statement, saying, "Discrimination in any form, including racial profiling, is strictly prohibited by this department and as Sheriff of Marion County SC, I can assure you I will take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the allegations of racial profiling made by Mr. White and Ms. Johnson. This matter will be dealt with by an internal investigation within the department and I will also ask the State law Enforcement Division to review the allegation made against Deputy Barfield."
In an exclusive Skype interview with WPDE
, Dennis White said he won't be satisfied until Deputy Barfield is fired and this kind of thing never happens again.
"A lot of friends of mine and the people that have contacted me are afraid to come to South Carolina, are afraid to drive to Myrtle Beach because they feel like they're going to be accosted by police and that shouldn't happen in this day and age," he explained.
WPDE is working to reach out to the Sheriff's Office.