TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.”

1128_cop_encounters_footer

319 COMMENTS

No Avatar
16.

scott    

Anytime a black man or woman get in trouble for wrong doings they start screaming its racism but when a white person does the same thing they were breaking the law. When is this nonsence going to stop? I am tired of hearing them crying wolf.

840 days ago
17.

PRO US    

Tyler Perry made a left turn from the right lane of the intersection. That is illegal. Tyler Perry broke the law. Tyler Perry should have been given a traffic ticket. Tyler Perry should have apologized to the officers and then to the public for breaking the law instead of trying to justify his illegal turn by saying that it was a "safety precaution that my security team taught me." Tyler Perry was not in danger and had no right to make that illegal turn. Tyler Perry is not man enough to apologize for his own mistakes. It is so much easier for a famous member of a visible minority group, like a Black, to claim "racism" than admit he made a mistake and broke the law. How disgusting of him!

840 days ago
18.

cindy    

Oh, Please!! Why do black folks have to exagerate and make mountains out of mold hills? Tyler, You weren't brought to jail or given a ticket. There's no satisfying you.

840 days ago
19.

Lauri    

We need to create a new fineable offense: Driving while self-important DWSI

840 days ago
20.

Pimpcessa    

They need to be INVESTIGATING why he DIDN'T get a ticket! Tyler Perry BROKE THE LAW, and he should be getting the same results that any other citizen would get. Does he expect that he shouldn't have been pulled over when he did an illegal u-turn?
Hey Tyler, you ain't no congressman, therefore you need to abide by the laws of society! Doesn't everybody know that unless you're in congress or Lindsay Lohan, you obey the laws?

840 days ago
21.

Jay    

If anything this shows that celebs get special treatment. Since everyone started kissing his a** as soon as they found out he was famous. At the end they appologized and gave him no ticket. If it was me I would be the one saying sorry and I would have gotten a ticket anyways.

840 days ago
22.

M    

B I T C H PLEASE.... you made an ILLEGAL TURN.... you SHOULD have gotten a TICKET.... now SIT DOWN and STFU!!!

840 days ago
23.

anna    

so …is it racial? or celebrities have special treatment? What do you demand? Your turn was still illegal

840 days ago
24.

matt    

Had Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson not been so tied up with this Trayvon Martin thing....they would be in battle gear ready to fire off at the mouths

840 days ago
25.

matt    

"THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!"

840 days ago
26.

kronenburg    

I guess I need to know how Perry was "harassed" and what the "hostile" actions were before I can decide if any racial profiling was going on. When you turn left from the right lane, though, if a cop sees it, you should expect to be pulled over.

840 days ago
27.

$$    

Hmmm...I guess blacks think it's okay to break the law...because if they get caught they can just claim "racism"...

how convenient...

840 days ago
28.

KellyD.     

Not sure how they could be racially profiling when in your own statement you said that you had windows tinted so dark that they couldn't see you in them, making it necessary for you to lower the passenger side window. Do you realize that a traffic stop is one of the most dangerous things a police officer does? I'm not dumb enough to think there is no such thing as racism, or that there aren't cops who abuse their power. This doesn't seem to be one of those times.

840 days ago
29.

Abe Lincoln    

Interestingly enough, Perry just threw a fundraiser for Obama in Atlanta over St Patty's day. Talk about a beer summit. Makes you think...hmmmmmm, part of the class warfare that has overtaken the country. Thanks Prez!

840 days ago
30.

alleybandito    

So an illegal turn is racial profiling if you are pulled over. Ok well I won't be watching anything of his ever again. Seems the first people to pull the race card are racist themselves and if you break the law then yeah you can be pulled over.

840 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web