By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times, LOS ANGELES 12/06 – The outcry began with a Facebook post: An actress, known for her role in “Django Unchained,” and her boyfriend accused a white Los Angeles police officer of mistreating her because she was black.
The accusation touched a nerve at a time of increased public scrutiny of police, particularly how officers interact with African Americans.
But within days of Daniele Watts’ story going viral, a backlash began when an LAPD sergeant released an audio recording revealing what had happened during the controversial encounter.
Watts and her boyfriend ended up being convicted of disturbing the peace and were ordered by a judge to apologize to the officers and others in connection with the incident. Sgt. Jim Parker left his job, retiring early to avoid potential punishment over the episode — another casualty of a public spectacle over a 30-minute police stop…