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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?"


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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932 days ago

Rev Al    

You made a left hand turn from the FAR right lane. It is illegal regardless of your skin color.....

932 days ago


LOOK! If you read his acount, that wasnt a "normal" traffic stop routine.

932 days ago


Atlanta is 62 percent black. The odds are if a driver breaks a traffic law and a cop sees it, that driver will be pulled over and he/she may be black. There is also a good chance that the driver will not be treated like royalty if he/she is uncooperative or has an attitude. Factor in cops who have poor social skills and give everyone a hard time.
I, white grandmother, have been yelled and cursed at by a cop for no traffic violation. Are white grandmothers being profiled. No, the cop was a jerk and lost his job because of the way he treated everyone.

932 days ago

Ratings Needed    

This clown, Tyler Perry, who I thought was a decent guy turns out to be just that, a clown! He admitted an illegal turn & then yells racial profiling!

932 days ago


And since when is it okay to break traffic laws just because your security team recommends it? You shouldn't get special treatment because you are famous. Yet he ticket.... and he is still managing to cry racism.

932 days ago


If these cops didn't like black people, then why would they let a black cop talk them out of giving him a ticket.
I suspect Mr. Perry came on with some attitude, and got a little attitude back and things got heated up because of that.

932 days ago


I think there should be an investigation on why he didn't get a ticket anyway just because he's famous. I don't care who he is, an illegal turn is an illegal turn. His security team should have warned him he is at risk of getting a ticket if he does that.

932 days ago


what a joke, so breaking the traffic laws is racial profiling, black people at times love to blame everything on being racist, follow the rules/ law and u won't have a problem... with any other person they would have got a ticket. but of course celebrities can get away with anything... the black cop should be the one getting in trouble for allowing Mr. Perry to break the law and not get a ticket.

932 days ago


This racial stuff is getting ridiculous. Come on Tyler Perry, obey the law and you won't get pulled should've gotten a ticket like everybody else, including my black ass!

931 days ago


It's situations like this that trivialize real racial injustices or hate crimes! Let's focus on those and stop pointing at racism every time the person that pisses us off or does us wrong is a different white, or whatever race that's different.
The handling of the Trayvon Martin murder - racial injustice,
Tyler Perry pulled over for breaking the law- Justified!
Let's get it together people!

931 days ago

Brenda Brown    

I Just happened to read over this story on Tyler Perry and the comments several people left regarding him feeling he was a victim of Racial Profiling. You who are so offended by his feelings and just insist that he is another black person feeling sorry for himself don't know what you are talking about. None of you where there and have NO idea EXACTLY what was said to Mr. Perry or what tone was used towards him. Since several comments had racist undertones throughout then you probably are racist and using this story to demonstrate your continued disregard for what the black race has to go through on a daily basis in this country. I never drive down the street and see anyone other than black men being made to sit on the sidewalk or face down on the ground while their vehicles are being searched by the police! Why is that? Mr. Perry was probably driving a very nice car and of course that raises a red flag to the average cop since he is black. You are just going to have to accept that we as black people are still Hated by non blacks in this country just because of the color of our skin!!! DEAL WITH IT!!! You don't want to because it makes you look ignorant and out of touch with the reality that when you are alone with your friends or home with your family you still show the hate that lives in your hearts and minds and whenever WE remind you of it and let you know that you are not fooling us (we know this is what you feel) and call you on the carpet for it you get ANGRY and ready to accuse us of always complaining for your Hatred. Why don't you just get over it!!!!! STOP THE HATE AND WE WILL STOP HAVING TO CALL YOU OUT ON IT!!!

921 days ago

Ernest De Brew    

Racism is everywhere. You just cannot escape it no matter where you are, who you are, etc.

921 days ago

Bobby Boy    

Making a Left Turn from the Right Lane is "Felony Stupid". When you have security issues and money, join the NRA, pack some heat, and bullet proof your vehicle, but by all means obey the law and you won't get stopped for felony stupid behavior. I love your productions but you got a little growing up to do in your driving and racial sentiments. Your best advocate is Ann Coulter- read her latest article.

919 days ago

Bobby Boy    

Turning left from the right lane is "felony stupid". Join the NRA and protect yourself. And read the latest article by Ann Coulter about how some of the first leaders of the NAACP protected themselves. Oh, and you might learn a little about your own misguided racial sentiments. We are Americans not angry ethnic groups pitted against one another. Rise above the petty divisive politics of the progressive left.

919 days ago
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