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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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61.

Deb    

Hey Perry, guess what? Black people don't get to make left turns out the right lane either.....idiot.

838 days ago
62.

Delaware D    

LEAVE TYLER PERRY ALONE!!!

838 days ago
63.

Trooper Tom    

Being an idiot like you needs to be investigated by the FBI. You also need to get a new "security" team if they are advising you to break the law, if that was joe blow down the road he or she would have been given a ticket you need to shut the h3ll up you got by without a ticket

838 days ago
64.

Hank    

basically, he did something illegal, was pulled over accordingly, and then was let off the hook because he's a celebrity!

838 days ago
65.

Joe    

He ADMITS he made a LEFT turn from the RIGHT lane, and that is what the cops saw. They pulled him over for that. NOTHING RACIST HERE EXCEPT TYLER ! A few years ago, I got a ticket for the same exact thing. ALL BLACKS SEEM TO BE THE REAL RACISTS !!!

838 days ago
66.

Cheryl A.    

Your security team sounds like a bunch of idiots it they told you to make a left turn from the right lane for ANY reason. They are not being racist but you are for using your skin color as an excuse to put INNOCENT people in danger of your vehicle.

838 days ago
67.

Amber    

OMFG!!~ Are you kidding me??? I am so sick of this racist BS!!!! If it had been an afican american that pulled him, then what?!?!?!?!? Why don't you f'n learn how to drive and maybe you won't get pulled!!!!!

838 days ago
68.

brown dynamite    

He was pulled over for the illegal turn and released by the black cop because he was famous. Tyler Perry is a damn fool.

838 days ago
69.

Pimpcessa    

Something tells me that Mr. Perry is too stupid to even begin to realize the backlash he's gonna get for this..... I would think he would be reluctant to tell ANYONE this story. He basically just justified the stereotype about African Americans unjustly using the race card to get what they want and to insight more seperation of the races. Way to go LOSER PERRY! Bet your peeps are really thanking you for this..... I would be embarrassed to be black after hearing this, he totally discredits the real victims of racial profiling. I feel the same way when someone of my sex gets caught crying wolf on something that is important to my gender.

838 days ago
70.

Lisa    

I think it's RACIST for you to say it's racial profiling simply because they were WHITE cops doing their JOB, stopping an idiotic driver who thinks he's above basic traffic laws! Not EVERY situation where your precious time is interrupted has to do with your skin color. Gasp! How DARE Tyler Perry be held to the same traffic laws as us mere mortals! What an IDIOT.

838 days ago
71.

Tatsno    

Play the race card...again and again...YOU WERE WRONG IDIOT WHEN YOU TURNED....don't forget your hoodie!!!!

838 days ago
72.

tgrfan42069    

just because you think you maybe followed doesnt give you the right to break the law

838 days ago
73.

Eli7798    

What should be investigated is why he was let go after they realized he was a celebrity. Just saying, this **** get's old after a while!

838 days ago
74.

Frito     

They harassed him by asking him to see his license and registration. How dare they pull him over for making an illegal turn and then not recognizing him and kissing his A.

838 days ago
75.

Tammy    

Is it "Black People Scream Racism" day? Dude, you made an illegal u-turn and the cops did the right thing in pulling your law-breaking black a$$ over. Furthermore, that black cop who showed you favortism because you are black should be put on unpaid leave and written up for not doing his job.

838 days ago
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