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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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226.

Nikki    

GUYS: I DONT THINK THAT HE WAS UPSET THAT THEY PULLED HIM OVER, I THINK HE IS PISSED BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED AFTERWARD, THE COPS CLEARLY WENT OVERBOARD BY EVERYTHING THEY DID AFTER HE WAS PULLED OVER! ALOT OF IT WAS NOT NECESSARY, THEY DIDNT EVEN ASK FOR A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR REGISTRATION...SMH

827 days ago
227.

CriticXtreme    

When you're white, you can scream profiling. It happens everyday, I got pulled over in Texas and the damn one-time asked me for money!!! So don't just watch out for the Atlanta Police if you're a person of color, watch out for Dunwoody Police who do this profiling everyday. If the FBI or Department of Justice really cared, they would investigate this trend. Here's the proof, go to the courtroom and you'll notice that it is 95% black, 2% people of color from other countries and 3% minority senior citizens. What you don't see there are hot girls. I wonder why??

827 days ago
228.

B    

FALSELY CLAIMING RACIAL PROFILING SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI!!!"

827 days ago
229.

Lexi    

I could care less about the stupid turn. He doesn't care either. What he is talking about is the harassment. Just give the dang ticket already. The people who are talking this crap on here are the ones who walk around white or never had a problem in their life having to deal with race. This country has truly showed its colors. Its just as racist to say that a black person who has dealt with racism is just throwing a race card because they say it aloud. I hate to be you when it happens to you as it does in all races. I guess we'd have to call it the White, Hispanic, or whatever card next? Would you want someone to care?

827 days ago
230.

Sunset    

He broke the law and endangered people's lives by making the illegal left turn, according to a witness refused to roll down the window at first, did not get a ticket only because he is famous, and then has the nerve to claim it was racist! Give me a break! He even got an apology. lol The cops should not waste money investigating this crap! They would not do that for anyone else. Tyler Perry is a jerk!

827 days ago
231.

John    

What an arsehole!! Makes an illegal turn, and is pissed off that he was pulled over. Tyler, next time a cop asks you to roll down your window, don't sit there for 30-seconds and stare him down. Maybe they would have been a little nicer. Idiot!

827 days ago
232.

USArmy    

Is it really a surprise to see a black with a chip on his shoulder? He doesn't have to do what the police tell him to do because he is black. Of course it is racism when cops stop a black for breaking the law.

827 days ago
233.

Scott    

yeah Tyler...you are SOOOO huge that you have to worry about being followed...bc anyone cares...get over yourself

827 days ago
234.

Crystal    

It sounds more like the guy got special treatment for being a celebrity!

827 days ago
235.

who cares    

I bet those cops wish they wrote the ticket now. The investigation should be about why he didn't get a ticket and nothing else. They can't send him a ticket now because that falls under double jepordy rules. Once a warning is giving then that is the end of the traffic stop. I say the black cop should be suspended without pay for failing to uphold the law and giving special treatment to celebs.

827 days ago
236.

soul leister    

he is a very impotent man in his community... but out in public, no so much... a white guy would have gotten a ticket. This crying wolf/foul/racism has got to stop before it leads to REAL RACISM (and then they will be sorry, if there is anyone left that cares).

827 days ago
237.

Sincerity    

Had it ever occurred to some of "YOU" racist "HALF-WITS" that the two "white" policemen were "PRAYING" that by "NOT ISSUING" Mr. Perry a ticket, he "wouldn't file" any COMPLAINTS regarding their actions after he was pulled over??? They weren't giving him a pass because he is a "celebrity". They did it because their behavior was "WAY OUT OF LINE" and would have subjected them to "DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS" with very "adverse" consequences. Chances are this wasn't the first time they've pulled these "STUNTS" but this time they "rolled up on" the wrong person who had "absolutely nothing" to lose by reporting them. It doesn't take a "ROCKET SCIENTIST" to figure that much out. Common sense just isn't that "COMMON"!!!

827 days ago
238.

pabs    

So... . He got off because he is black? Hmmm..... A white guy would have got the ticket. Sounds racist to me.

827 days ago
239.

M K    

The next time I get pulled over by the cops I'm not going to roll down my window and see what happens! Are you serious Tyler Perry? Racial profiling? You broke the LAW!

827 days ago
240.

KVchicago    

USING RACIAL PROFILING AS AN EXCUSE TO NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR WRONGFUL ACTIONS SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!! PERIOD
Enoughs enough....
TREATING CELEBS DIFFERENTLY WHEN A CRIME IS COMMITTED SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI............how bout that idiots

827 days ago
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