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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