Skinny Actor DJ Qualls Didn't Deserve Police Beatdown

If the name DJ Qualls isn't instantly familiar to you (from Hustle & Flow, maybe?), I bet his face is. Qualls is one of those actors who isn't likely to get lost in the carbon-copy Hollywood crowd, since he's got what you might call a unique look. After battling cancer when he was 14, Qualls was left with an extremely thin frame—which he says he'll probably always have, since the chemotherapy altered his metabolism.

When you consider the fact that Qualls looks like he probably weighs about 90 pounds soaking weight, not to mention his reputation for being an overall nice guy, it's incredibly surprising to hear that he got in a physical altercation with Vancouver police last Friday.

Weird, right? I mean, I don't know about you, but when I think "Hollywood actor most likely to be beaten into submission by cops," I think "Charlie Sheen on a raging coke bender," not "DJ Qualls."


According to Qualls, he was in Vancouver last Friday filming a guest spot on Supernatural when he saw a man punch a women at a local cafe. When he informed a policeman of the incident, for whatever reason, he wasn't exactly thanked for his good citizenship.

Qualls tweeted about what happened next, writing,

He said if I didnt get out of there, he’s arrest me, I asked why and he tackled me, busted my face, and handcuffed me. Was not arrested b/c was innocent. I was handcuffed and bleeding while the cop kept saying to me, ‘you think youre f—ing better than me? ... Repeatedly asked 4 his badge number and he said if I didnt shut up, Id be taken in. Finally got a card as I was taken to hospital. I cannot understand it. I’m sitting here, with a busted face in total shock. I literally did nothing wrong.

Vancouver police say they are investigating the incident, but I can't for the life of me imagine what Qualls could have done to deserve the beatdown. I mean, even if he was jumping around in the cop's face screaming that he was a famous celebrity and to kiss his bony ass, you can't really get around the fact that the dude is tiny. I mean, for god's sake, he ended up in the ER receiving stitches in his chin—shouldn't the cop have simply arrested him if he was really causing some kind of trouble?

Quall has since asked his followers to refrain from piling on the Vancouver police department:

I can not condone bashing @VancouverPD. Ive met with reps from the Professional Standards unit and they are helping me make a formal complaint. So far, they have been helpful and supportive and we all look forward to a resolution of the situation.

He clarified that the incident doesn't affect his opinions of Vancouver or Canada, saying, "This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And the people are just as cool."

All in all, a very strange story! I hope everything is resolved soon, and I have to say, I'd sure like to hear the cop's side of things. Unless Quall is a secret jiu jitsu master who also has raging anger management issues, I think the police need one hell of an explanation for what happened last Friday.

What do you think about DJ Quall's side of the story? Do you think there's more to it than what he's saying?

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