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Tyler Perry Pulled Over, Accuses White Cops of Racial Profiling via Facebook

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Tyler Perry's April 1 Facebook post about police pulling him over was no April Fool's joke: The highest-paid man in entertainment is accusing a pair of white Atlanta police officers of racial profiling.

Four days later, Perry's post boasts more than 117,000 "likes," 21,000 comments, and 12,000 shares. Atlanta police have launched an internal investigation, E! News reports.

Perry's predicament began when he admittedly made a left turn from a far-right lane -- a trick his security detail taught him, to make sure he wasn't being followed, Perry explained on Facebook.

Two white Atlanta police officers pulled him over, but apparently did not realize they'd just stopped Tyler Perry.

When Perry explained his illegal turn was to make sure no one was tailing him, one officer allegedly asked, "Why do you think someone would be following you?" Perry said in his post.

Before Perry could answer, the second white officer started "banging" on his passenger's side window -- apparently taking issue with the window's tint, Perry told his fans.

As both officers "badgered" Perry about why he thought someone may be following him, Perry said he recalled his mother's advice:

"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.'"

But then a second police cruiser pulled up, and a black Atlanta policeman emerged. "He took one look at me and had that 'Oh No' look on his face," Perry recounted.

The black officer spoke "in a hushed tone" to the two white officers, Perry said. "After that, one of the officers stayed near his car while one came back, very apologetic."

Perry was released, but news reports do not indicate whether he was cited for his illegal left turn or tinted windows. Georgia law requires drivers to approach a left turn from "the extreme left-hand lane" of a multi-lane road, Georgia Public Broadcasting reports.

Georgia law also makes it a misdemeanor to tint driver's or passenger's side windows under certain conditions, according to the state's Department of Public Safety.

The Atlanta police department's Office of Professional Standards is looking into Tyler Perry's racial-profiling claims, E! News reports.


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by on Apr. 6, 2012 at 7:10 AM
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by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Color of his skin BULLCRAP. If he broke the law he needed to be pulled over point, blank, period.

by on Apr. 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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Im going to say this and i dont care if i get bashed... Im so SICK & TIRED of my race pulling the RACE card.. Yes im yelling *STOP WITH THE RACE CARD ALREADY* i hear it way to much good gah.

by Ruby Member on Apr. 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM
And I said they were assholes. But there is not enough evidence i the story to prove racial profiling.

Quoting NewMama28:

PERSONALLY, having read this in its entirety, I think the officers acted more harshly than necessary. At first I thought Tyler Perry may have been letting his ego get the better of him as well. But now. Reading his post... He clearly says... Hey give me the ticket..he was more than willing to take responsibility... I agree there was some racial profiling.... I do not believe for a second. That if the driver was white AND dressed as nicely as Tyler Perry probably was... He would've been treated the same way.

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Agreed. They were asshole cops, pissed off about the illegal turn, who may wrll have thought Perry was being a smart ass by claiming he was worried he was being followed. Most people have no real concern about being followed so unless they trcognized him as a celeb, which they clearly did not, that could easily come off as being a lame ass attempt/excuse foe pulling a bone head move. Aside from that, it pisses me off that Perry thinks he is justified in putting people's lives in danger just to avoid being followed.

Quoting cueballsmom:

Thanks for posting this! I can't see the racial aspect he was trying to throw in there. I see, dark tint+ claims of being followed= drug head. Therefore the one officer asking what's wrong with you repeatedly.I can not explain why the one officer was trying to shut down the car, unless that too went with the idea he was on drugs. I feel they would have treated him the same black white or Asian.
Quoting ThatTXMom:

 Did anyone bother to look at the facebook post in its entirity?

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

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by Bronze Member on Apr. 7, 2012 at 5:26 PM

wow I am black and i am confused. That was an illegal turn u need a ticket because they would have given me one in a heartbeat dam@ the celebrity status

by Platinum Member on Apr. 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

 No need to apologize.  That is how we learn and grow.  By keeping an open mind and learning to look at things objectively.  =)

Quoting cueballsmom:

I need to apologize. I spoke to dh about this case, and he explained how this was racial in nature. The cops assumed and were working him into a corner. No one at any point should have reached so much as a pinky inside his car. At that point the cops were wrong and no longer operating inside the law. I want to say I am sorry for not seeing this before and assuming on my part what I did.

Quoting ThatTXMom:

Quoting cueballsmom:

Quoting ThatTXMom:

Have you ever had someone ask you a question and not give you the opportunity to respond before they ask you again, and again, and again?

Also, consider if Mr. Perry was not famous.  The black cop arriving on the scene did not recognize him.... how COULD this have turned out?  Most of us will get a ticket (or two) and be sent on our merry little way. 

Dude, you made an illegal left turn and your windows are too dark.  Here is a ticket for each infraction.  

How do dark windows and an illegal turn lead up to drug running?  I have made n illegal left turn on accident before (thankfullyI was not involved in an accident).  My windows are tinted - used vehice so I honestly can't say if they do or do not meet state requirements.  Does that mean I run drugs????

But when you were asked why you did whatever, you gave a reasonable excuse. That is the defining moment here. I've never ever had an officer just walk up and be like "Dude! That was so illegal! Here's your ticket, have a good day man!" It's more along the lines of, "do you know you just ran the red light?" Then you attempt to justify why you did it. Or apologize and hand over paperwork.

 So he gives his justification without much time to respond to why he felt like he was being followed and until a "brother" shows up... he is put through the 3rd dgree.  Sorry, I call bullshit.  Had he been a white guy, chances are that he would have got a ticket and been sent on his way. 



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