Tyler Perry Racial Profiling Claim Sparks Internal Police Investigation

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Tyler Perry's claim earlier in the week that he was a victim of some not-so-civil treatment by Atlanta police has led to an internal department investigation.

The comedian and producer spoke out, in light of the Trayvon Martin case, about racial profiling he allegedly suffered from two officers during a traffic stop.

Perry claimed he was questioned unreasonably because he is black, and spared further trouble only after a black officer showed up and recognized Perry.

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Perry says racial profiling should be a federal offense. While that may never happen, Atlanta police are looking into his claims of misconduct in this case.

The Good Deeds director described his version of events in detail on his Facebook page on Sunday, writing that he was driving to the airport at the time.

Perry was pulled over for turning left from a right lane, a maneuver he attempted to ensure he wasn't being followed, as he was without his security detail.

According to Perry, who described the ordeal on Facebook, the officer who approached his window asked, "Why do you think someone would follow you?"

After which, he wrote, another cop banged on the passenger-side window.

The second officer, Perry wrote, asked repeatedly, "What's wrong with you? Why do you think someone is following you? What's wrong with you?"

Perry claims that the pair of officers continued to badger him about why he might be followed. "It was so hostile. I was so confused," he wrote.

"It was happening so fast; I could easily see how this could get out of hand very quickly. I didn't feel safe at all. One officer stopped his questioning and said, 'We may not let you go. You think you're being followed, what's wrong with you?'"

"At this point, I told him that I wanted to get out of the car. I wanted the passersby to see what was happening."

When he got out, Perry wrote, another officer pulled up - a black male officer - and "took one look" at Perry, "an 'oh no' look on his face."

"He immediately took both officers to the back of my car and spoke to them in a hushed tone," he continued. "After that, one of the officers stayed near his car while one came back, very apologetic. I said all of that to say this."

"Do you see how quickly this could have turned for the worse?"

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CONTINUED...All my friends were saying to the police very nicely, "what was wrong", "is everything okay?" The finally gave up and decided to let me go. My friends and I walked away. But that wasn't the end of this encounter. They waited until I was about 20 feet away and called me back. They said that they decided to "run a make" on me. My friends came back with me and just silently stared at the police. One officer looked at my silently watching friends and seemed a bit uncomfortable. He turned to me and said "they aren't going to do something to get you into trouble, are they?" I told him they just wanted to make sure everything was okay and would walk with me the rest of the way home, now. The police took all of my information and said that it would go into their "suspect files". Then they told me to get out of their sight. Now I am not sure how this encounter would have turned out if my white friends had not showed up, but I am sure glad that they did.


let's see, some crazy fool makes an illegal turn and then starts saying, "they're following me . . ." making that an excuse for why he did it. then he gets out of the ticket because he is black and a movie star(? if you say so). hmmmmmmm, where's the crime? oh, yea, it was an illegal turn and some crazy person being followed by . . . oh, the police. get over yourselves!


Oh please Tyler is just a pissed off cross dressing freak who's making this an issue when it's clearly NOT.  Police officers risk their lives patrolling the streets, and it's a thankless job. The only job Tyler Perry has is making crappy movies.


There is no excuse for abuse..verbal or physical.......Thank God that Mr. Perry is ok...what a negative psychological experience that must have been....


so because you are a celebrity you can break law???


@ALLSAINTS45 Hey, buddy, I support what you say! If he was in the wrong despite racial ethnicity he deserved to be pulled over. Those who have been hurt by racism I feel sorry for, but it doesn't open the door to allowing one race to get away with not obeying the law due to skin color. It's not right. Our justice system is not based on such a concept nor should it!


Allsaints45 Sorry but white people have been racist towards blacks for years!!!! This isn't new. So stop saying we bein racist cuz were not, we dont get accepted as much as white people do. I know this because I get bullied at school for being ghetto and for being half black and half hispanic. It hurts my feelings but I put on a brave face and don't pay attention to haters. As black people, we have to work harder. Take Barack Obama for instance... How many racist comments has he gotten since being in office???? Answer that why don't you.




White people can make illegal turns all they want right?? Gtfoh... But in all seriousness this does prove 1 thing related to race. Only black people watch his shitty ass movies and/or plays.


Mia - Don't pull the race card on me sweetie. My ancestors were Romany Gypsies and Native Americans of the Blackfoot Tribe of the Iroquois Nation. My ancestors faced more hardship and abuse at the hands of the white man than yours ever dreamed of, yet we all still work hard for what we have and don't use that as an excuse to stand in line with hands out for every government freebie that comes along.