In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests all over the world, Mrs. America star Niecy Nash says she is “a f***ing wreck” after her son had a scary encounter with the Los Angeles police last weekend.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nash said that cops stopped her son, Dominic, and “pulled a taser on him” after he left her home on Sunday, June 7.
Niecy Nash, star of When They See Us and Mrs. America, on the heartbreak and rage of black parents:
"Now even the kids see that complying will not get you home to your family at the end of the day. So what do we tell them now? I have no idea.” https://t.co/SP7pBcd8hz
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 4, 2020
“My son got stopped leaving my house last Sunday. And they pulled a taser on him for a rolling stop. And then proceeded to question him and ask him, ‘You have on a T-Mobile shirt. Do you work there? Because if you do, how did you afford this car? Because this is a 2020,’” said Nash. “They don’t know if he was a manager. They don’t know if he was an owner. They don’t know if he had a rich mama. But what they probably felt like was: ‘How did this young Black boy get a car that I don’t even have?’ And we fitting to make you suffer for it.”
The Reno 911 star says that she is struggling with what to tell her son, and she doesn’t know how to answer questions from non-black people who keep asking her what they can do. Nash says that she used to tell her son that if he would just comply and get home. Then, if something wrong happened they would “right it later.”
But now that everyone has witnessed George Floyd’s murder on national TV, she doesn’t know what to do because Floyd complied with the officers. Nash explained that he was in handcuffs and on the ground with his hands behind his back. She says that people are calling and asking her to tell them something, but she is still trying to figure out what to tell her own family.
Niecy Nash says that the cast of Reno 911 – who play a group of bumbling cops – got together and donated $10,000 toward George Floyd’s funeral. She says that it’s important to know that even in their art, they still have humanity.
New episodes of Reno 911 are currently available for streaming on Quibi.