April 12th, 2012 by faye
Actor Tyler Perry is reportedly accusing Atlanta police officers of racial profiling after he was pulled over due to a traffic violation.
According to reports, Perry was spotted by the Atlanta police after making a left turn in a right lane. The actor explained in his Facebook that his action was for security purposes to make sure that he wasn’t being followed. Then, two white police officers pulled him over, but did not recognize him at once. Tyler Perry explained his illegal turn was to make sure that no one was tailing him, then he said one of the police officers asked him, “What is wrong with you? Why do you think someone would be following you?”
The next thing Tyler Perry knew, the other Atlanta police officer was “banging” on his passenger’s side window, apparently taking issue with the window’s tint, the actor detailed in his Facebook post.
Tyler Perry went on saying that both officers continued to “badger” him about why he thought someone may be following him, he 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.’”
Just at that moment, a second police cruiser pulled up, Tyler Perry recounts, and a black Atlanta police officer came out. “He took one look at me and had that ‘Oh No’ look on his face,” the actor said.
The black policeman spoke “in a hushed tone” to the other two white officers, Perry continued. “After that, one of the officers stayed near his car while one came back, very apologetic.”
Perry was then released, but news reports do not indicate whether he was cited for his illegal left turn or tinted windows. According to the Georgia law, it requires drivers to approach a left turn from “the extreme left-hand lane” of a multi-lane road.
Four days later, Tyler Perry posted his encounter with the Atlanta police and it garnered more than 117,000 “likes,” 21,000 comments, and 12,000 shares. As such, Atlanta police have launched an internal investigation regarding the incident.