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Tyler Perry

Cops Launch Investigation

into Allegedly Racist Traffic Stop

4/5/2012 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Tyler Perry presents ... a possibly racist incident with police in Atlanta.
Tyler Perry presents ... a possibly racist incident with police in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Police Department says it's launched an internal investigation .... after Perry publicly accused two officers of racially profiling him during a traffic stop earlier this week.

Perry says he was leaving his ATL studio ... when he made a left turn from the right lane to ensure he wasn't being followed. Tyler explains, "It’s a safety precaution that my security team taught me."

But Tyler was pulled over by police for the illegal turn ... and claims he was harassed by two "hostile" white officers until a black cop arrived to the scene and recognized him.

On his Facebook page, Perry says the black cop "immediately took both officers to the back of my car and spoke to them in a hushed tone. 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?"

Tyler then wrote, "RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!!"

For the record -- Tyler Perry did NOT get a ticket.

Reps for the ATL PD say it's looking into "whether any departmental policies or procedures were violated during the stop.”

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211.

Josh    

Tyler Perry is a RACIST PIG for trying to tarnish two officers just because they are white! Suppose they were black, Tyler... what would be your complaint THEN? This whole blaming whites for everything over race is getting so old it is sickening. There is going to have to be a consequence for making such irresponsible accusations.

876 days ago
212.

SportsGrl    

A safety precaution his security team taught him ...Yeah right ..Im sick of all this BS from racist ...Its starting to be embarrassing for you ...

876 days ago
213.

MARSHA    

LOOK I DO THINK THAT IT WAS RACIAL PROFILING JUST BECAUSE BEING A BLACK FEMALE AND SEEING IT APPEN MY WHOLE LIFETIME, THE SIGNS WERE THERE, THEY JUST RECOGNIZED HIM BEFORE IT GOT OUT OF HAND BUT THIS POLL TMZ AS IS DEFINETELY RIGGED I LOGGED ON AND OFF THE PAGE 30 TIMES AND THE NUMBER ACTUALLY WENT DOWN AND THE PERCENT NEVER WENT UP. THIS LED ME TO BELIEVE THAT THE MEDIA,AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS SCREWED AND THEY PICK AND CHOOSE. WHY INFLUENCE PEOPLE'S HEADS ABOUT RACIAL PROFILING WHEN THE WORLD IS ALREADY DEALING WITH THE TRAYVON STORY?

876 days ago
214.

SportsGrl    

I like the option they gave us because thats what I thought when I read it ..Are you kidding me ...

876 days ago
215.

SportsGrl    

Oh my god ..Now they're accusing TMZ of rigging the poll hahahhahha Good one Marsha ...

876 days ago
216.

njmom21    

Im soo sick and tried of hearing about this Black/White bull crap!!!Stop breaking the effin law and then saying its racial!!!

876 days ago
217.

SportsGrl    

Caps lock girl...

876 days ago
218.

SportsGrl    

I don't know whats funnier , His story or post#245 Marsha logging off 30 times to vote ....

876 days ago
219.

sluggo    

the Perry thing:ya,they def'noticed he was black.cops do the "double teaming thing" to put a person off balance..they want U 2 jump from 1 to the other of them..it's a thug thing..a prison tactic for shanking the unaware..or even just a blind sock 2 the head..at any rate,these cops, at mimimum,were practicing their "tuff guy act".they gotta practice cuz U know they were'nt born 2 idiotic mannerizym

876 days ago
220.

bubbajill    

I love Tyler Perry!! Let me say that first. He made an illegal turn ( he should review that one for his security team) and he was stopped, as he should have been. The story does not indicate what any of the officers said that was racial. BTW, he should have gotten a ticket like anyone would have, black, white, blue, green, polka dotted!!

876 days ago
221.

Guests    

OMG, are you kidding me?!? He instigated the stop by driving errattically. He's just upset because the cops didn't recognize him and kiss his rear end and treat him special. Anyone else in the same situation, behaving in the same manner as he did, would have been treated the same way. Get over yourself, already! Not EVERYTHING is about race, you know.

876 days ago
222.

sluggo    

as far as to how the cops were acting towards Perry,they were bullys' who had to have it their way, all rehearsed training. most cops are a bit more civilized than these 2 Starsky & Hutch guys...after all..it's just a ticket unless something leads the cops to think otherwise...it seems these guys just roll up thinking other wise, rite out the gate... again, bully attitudes

876 days ago
223.

anon    

I hope when ATL D reviews this incident, two things happen: 1. Tyler Perry gets sent the ticket he should have received, and 2. That black cop gets demoted.

876 days ago
224.

Nikki    

OK..THIS IS MY OPINION ABOUT THIS WHOLE SITUATION!

WHAT I DONT LIKE IS THAT, TYLER PERRY IS ADMITTING THAT HE DID DO SOMETHING ILLEGAL, SO Y NO TICKET?
WHAT IM GETTING FROM THIS IS: FAVORITISM,
LETS SAY TYLER PERRY WAS A RANDOM JOE, WOULD THE COP STILL HAD APOLOGIZED EVEN THOUGH MR. PERRY CLEARLY DID SOMETHING ILLEGAL? SO HE GETS TO GET AWAY WITH IT JUST BECAUSE HE IS TYLER PERRY?
ANOTHER THING, WHY DO POLICE HAVE TO OVERSTEP THEIR BOUNDARIES????STICKING HIS HAND IN MR. PERRY'S CAR WHEN HE HAD NO RIGHT! BY THE OTHER OFFICER NOT COMING BACK TO THE CAR TO APOLOGIZE, IT CLEARLY SHOWS THAT HE KNEW WHAT THEY DID WAS WRONG!

876 days ago
225.

Don    

Sometimes, not everything is about race. He made an illegal turn and got pulled over, he's obviously gotten a big head from his success and wants to make a mountain out of nothing. I would have gotten a ticket, if he ever went to jail he'd be out like all the other stars because of overcrowding, that doesn't happen for others in the "REAL WORLD"!

876 days ago
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