Did Atlanta Police Racially Profile Tyler Perry?
Tyler Perry is adamant Atlanta cops targeted him during a routine traffic stop because he’s African-American and now his quest for justice has sparked an investigation into the city’s police department.
The famed director recently took to his Facebook account to speak on the incident, describing how he was stopped after making a left turn from a far-right lane (which is illegal, by the way). The post has received more than 117,000 “likes” on the social network and nearly 22,000 comments so far.
Perry says after he explained why he made the turn (which he apparently does often, to throw people off that may be following him) one of the white officers asked him, “Why do you think someone would be following you?” According to Perry the officers reportedly continued to “badger him,” one even banging on his tinted windows. Apparently it wasn’t until a black police officer joined the group that Perry was eventually recognized.
“He took one look at me and had that ‘Oh, no’ look on his face,” Perry wrote in his account of the event.
E! News is now reporting the Atlanta Police Department has launched an internal investigation into Perry’s racial profiling claims.
“Although we have made significant strides with racial profiling in this country, the world needs to know that we are still being racially profiled,” Perry wrote on Facebook, adding racial profiling “should be a hate crime investigated by the FBI.”
For the record, Perry was released but it’s not clear if he was cited for the illegal left turn or his tinted windows.