12:18 pm Jun. 18, 2012
The actor who played a drug-dealing teenager in the hit HBO show "The Wire" said he gets racially profiled by New York and New Jersey police officers who often mistake him for someone they have previously arrested.
Actor J.D. Williams, who lives in New Jersey but works in Manhattan, was holding a poster with the face of Trayvon Martin by 110th Street and Fifth Avenue as he participated in yesterday's silent march against New York City's stop-and-frisk policy.
Williams said "black men, we get judged just from appearance. That's why we have pictures of Trayvon, Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo."
I noted that he was a rather recognizable person, and asked if he thought he got profiled.
"Oh, definitely," he said.
"I might get recognized, but they're not sure where they know me from. So, a lot of times an officer might think he's arrested me before. But then usually by the time they walk up on me, it comes to them and they're like 'Oh!'"