White Officers in Tyler Perry Traffic Stop Exonerated

Cops accused of racial profiling by Perry are absolved of any wrongdoing. 

Posted: 09/13/2012 09:00 AM EDT
Tyler Perry

After an internal investigation by the Atlanta police department, the two white Atlanta police officers who were accused by Tyler Perry of racially profiling him have been absolved of any wrongdoing.


According to TMZ, the matter was the cops' word against Perry's. In April, we reported that the film mogul accused the two cops of racially profiling him during a traffic stop. Perry said the police acted racist toward him when they pulled him over for making an illegal left turn.

Perry claimed that because a Black officer showed up to the scene — informing the two white officers that Perry was famous — the white officers eventually let him go without giving him a ticket.

In documents released by the Atlanta Police Department, the officers claimed they couldn't see the driver behind his tinted windows. As a result, racially profiling the filmmaker couldn’t have been impossible.

 

The officers said the primary reason for the traffic stop was that they believed Perry was driving a stolen car at the time, claiming it matched the description of a stolen vehicle.

 

The report states that no dashboard camera was in either patrol car to back up the officers’ testimony.

"I would submit,” said an internal affairs officer after the investigation, “the evidence shows the actions of both officers with the regard to the traffic stop of Mr. Perry were justified, lawful and proper."

 

No comment yet from Tyler Perry or his rep.

 

 

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