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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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106.

gimmeshelter    

All Tyler Perry's life is about now is mass mailing fans long-winded letters that are aimed at starting race wars. This guy's a total ass and, after each letter, reminds fans to go see his movies! he's using everyone and the so-called fans are clueless. Tyler Perry's the racist..hello!

909 days ago
107.

k1234    

1. Doesn't EVERYONE (black or white) recognize Tyler Perry? He's one of the most seen people in the entertainment industry these days.
2. Doesn't Perry practically RUN the ATL? Why would he be the target of racial profiling and how would they not know who he is?
3. He made an illegal turn, he got pulled over. Celebs think getting a ticket is being harassed -- no you're just being treated like a regular citizen.

I call BS; this incident was not racial profiling, just common traffic policing.

909 days ago
108.

MooCow    

Who cares what your damn "security team" taught you. Are you really that much of an ego maniac that you think that Al Quida wants to eliminate you or that someone would want to kidnap you? You made a illegal turn. Personally, i think that the only thing the cops did wrong was showing favoritism by not ticketing your sorry azz.

909 days ago
109.

Luv    

Here is the real story people:
A few days before President Obama was supposed to speak at my studio, I was leaving the studio, headed to the airport. Most times when I leave the studio I have an unmarked escort. Other times I constantly check in my rearview mirror to be sure that I’m not being followed. It’s a safety precaution that my security team taught me.

As I got to an intersection, I made a left turn from the right lane and was pulled over by two police officers. I pulled the car over and put it in park. Then, I let the window down and sat in the car waiting for the officer.

The officer came up to the driver’s door and said that I made an illegal turn. I said, “I signaled to get into the turning lane, then made the turn because I have to be sure I’m not being followed.” He said, “why do you think someone would be following you?”

Before I could answer him, I heard a hard banging coming from the passenger window. I had never been in this position before so I asked the officer who was at my window what was going on and why is someone banging on the window like that. He said, “let your window down, let your window down. Your windows are tinted.”

As I let down the passenger window, there was another officer standing on the passenger side of the car. He said, “what is wrong with you?” The other officer said to him, “he thinks he’s being followed.” Then, the second officer said, “why do you think someone is following you? What is wrong with you?”

Before I could answer the officer on the passenger side, the one on the driver’s side had reached into the car and started pulling on the switch that turns the car on and off, saying, “put your foot on the brake, put your foot on the brake!”

I was so confused as to what he was doing, or what he thought he was doing. It looked like he was trying to pull the switch out of the dashboard. I finally realized that he thought that switch was the key, so I told him that it wasn’t the key he was grabbing. I reached down into the cup holder to get the key, not realizing that the key had a black leather strap on it.

As I grabbed it they both tensed up and I dropped it as I heard my mother’s voice from when I was a little boy.

My mother would always say to me, “if you get stopped by the police, especially if they are white policemen, you say ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’, and if they want to take you in, you go with them. Don’t resist, you hear me? Don’t make any quick moves, don’t run, you just go.” My mother was born in 1945 into a segregated hotbed town in rural Louisiana. She had known of many colored men at the time who were lynched and never heard from again. Since I was her only son for ten years, growing up she was so worried about me. It wasn’t until after I heard her voice that I realized that both of these officers were white.

The officer on the driver’s side continued to badger me, “why do you think someone is following you?” I then said, “I think you guys need to just write the ticket and do whatever you need to do.” It was so hostile. I was so confused. It was happening so fast that I could easily see how this situation could get out of hand very quickly.

I didn’t feel safe at all. But one officer stopped his questioning and said, “we may not let you go. You think you’re being followed, what’s wrong with you?” At this point, I told him that I wanted to get out of the car. I wanted the passersby to see what was happening.

As I stepped out of the car another officer pulled up in front of my car. This officer was a black guy. He took one look at me and had that “Oh No” look on his face. He 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?

Now I know that there are many great officers, patrolmen and security guys out there. I am aware of that. But although we have made significant strides with racial profiling in this country, the world needs to know that we are still being racially profiled, and until this situation has improved greatly, I’m not sure how a murder in Florida can be protected by a “stand your ground law.”

And in another case that I have been screaming at the top of my lungs about, also in Florida, is the case of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos, a young black man and a young Mexican man. Eight years ago, in Naples, FL, they were both put in the back of Deputy Steve Calkins’ police car and never heard from again.

They were never arrested, never brought to jail. They were put into the back of Deputy Calkins’ car and never heard from again. And to this day Deputy Steve Calkins is a free man.

I guess it’s time to march in Naples now.

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

That way local government can’t make the decision on whether or not these people get punished.

-Tyler

909 days ago
110.

happy2585    

I'm confused. The man who horribly exploits black people and portrays them as loud, obnoxious, simple idiots is claiming racism when he committed a crime. he should be sited with the ticket for admitting it. If anyone is racist it is this moron against his own people!

909 days ago
111.

Sonja    

Not sure why they should have been apologetic since you admit you made an illegal turn and were then pulled over for it. That's their job right? I'd like to know what he means by 'hostile' and what exactly did they do that was harassing. They are pulling you over for breaking the law, not asking for your autograph. Sounds more like you got special treatment 'after' someone recognized you as a celebrity.

909 days ago
112.

obama'saracist    

and lets take away the licesense of people who dont know the rules of the road or think the rules dont apply to them.appoligizing to a guy who made a unsafe illegal turn,f,,, these celebs

909 days ago
113.

Jean    

Isn't 'profiling' when they stop you for being black, or hispanic, or whatever? not for stopping you when you, admittedly, pulled an illegal turn?

909 days ago
114.

mimic    

So you did something illegal and got away with it and still call racism? Put that card back in the deck you dumb t w a t.

909 days ago
115.

Kari    

So he made an illegal turn, one that could potentially cause a bad accident, and he was stopped because he's black? This crap is getting old!

909 days ago
116.

Grace    

Are you kidding me? If I made a left turn from the right lane I would get a ticket for sure. Once again a celebrity gets special treatment. I am sick of it.

909 days ago
117.

Boomers    

I guess his driving decisions are as bad as his movies. Well, maybe his movies are worse.

909 days ago
118.

obama'saracist    

as stated by tyler himself his windows were overly tinted,also against the law that the officers couldnt see him or him see the second officer,so how is it profiling if they cant see you,that makes you the racist tyler

909 days ago
119.

Whaaaat?    

He was in the wrong. The two officers were just doing their job. The only profiling was celebrity profiling by the black officer who convinced the other officers to let him go without a ticket. Ridiculous.

909 days ago
120.

PaulWS    

It's bad enough he makes some of the worst movies ever put to film and now he's going to start BS like this?

909 days ago
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