|Resides in:||New York|
Philadelphia Police Officer (formerly)
|Aliases:||Tariq Tha Freak|
|Family and Friends|
|Family:||* Joe Walker (father)†|
|Interests:||Imprisoning Lucious (formerly)|
|First Appearance:||The Lyon Who Cried Wolf|
|Last Appearance:||Toil and Trouble (Part 1) (Deceased)|
Tariq Cousins was a main character in the third season of Empire, first being a recurring character near the second half of Season 2. He first appeared in "The Lyon Who Cried Wolf." He was portrayed by Morocco Omari.
As revealed in the second season finale, Tariq is Lucious' half-brother by Lucious' mother. Also known as "The Freak" back in the day, Tariq had known Lucious and Cookie, along with her sisters since they were teenagers but his mother never allowed Tariq to hang around Lucious since she knew he was trouble. Tariq used to be a police officer for the Philadelphia Police Department but he was then a Federal Bureau Agent and had to build a new case based on the charges for Lucious killing Bunkie, plus the drug dealers that he had previously killed.
He first appeared in "The Lyon Who Cried Wolf," where Carol ran into him at a bar which is where she started spilling details about Lucious, which gives Tariq the ability to use Carol as a way to put Lucious in jail. But once Carol mentioned Tariq to Cookie, she immediately became suspicious and told Carol to stay away from him but she continued to interact with him. Cookie later talked to Tariq at Laviticus and warns him that things will get ugly. He soon tried to get Anika to rat out Lucious, but she refused to say anything.
In Season 3, Tariq started to become more of a problem for the Lyon family. He took every precaution to take Lucious down, since Lucious falsely marrying Anika so she can't testify against him in court. He visited them and mocked them for trying to save Lucious like Hakeem for letting Lucious raise his baby.
He tried by getting Carol and Candace to go against Cookie, antagonizing every family member at the family dinner, and planting a video camera into the eye of a teddy bear, but was found out by Anika with Bella's baby monitor, and also had the officer that had arrested and assaulted Andre by adding false charges to Andre's case as a way to try to get him to expose Lucious as well so they could drop the charges. Very soon, Lucious confronted him at his office and told him to take him in since that's what he wanted. Lucious then revealed his and Tariq's relation to everyone present, to their shock.