Tyler Perry Racial-Profiling Case: Atlanta Police Officers Cleared of Any Wrongdoing

Multihyphenate filmmaker accused two officer of badgering him because he was black during a prolonged traffic stop in Atlanta in February

By Alexis L. Loinaz Sep 12, 2012 9:14 PMTags
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We can only wonder how Madea would react to this.

Two white police officers whom Tyler Perry accused of racial profiling following a prolonged traffic stop in Atlanta have been cleared of allegations.

The officers were let off the hook after a four-month internal investigation concluded that "the actions of both officers with the regard to the traffic stop of Mr. Perry were justified, lawful and proper," according to the investigation report, per CNN.

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In a lengthy Facebook post detailing his version of events, the Madea's Witness Protection filmmaker claimed that back in February, he was on his way from his Atlanta-area studio to the airport when he was stopped by two white police officers for making an illegal turn.

After Perry explained that he made the turn to ensure he wasn't being followed, the officers allegedly turned hostile, repeatedly badgered him and refused to let him go.

"It was so hostile. I was so confused," Perry wrote in his Facebook post. "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."

The filmmaker claimed that it was only when a third officer, who was black, arrived at the scene and recognized Perry that he was allowed to drive off.

The police department's investigation, however, has a different spin on the incident.

According to the report, the two officers, who were members of an auto theft task force, flagged Perry because his sports car resembled a vehicle which had been reported stolen.

One officer denied stopping Perry because he was black, while the other claimed he "didn't look at the driver" before the traffic stop.

The report also states that the third officer—who had recognized Perry—told his colleagues that "the guy was a billionaire" and confirmed that the car couldn't have been stolen.

The investigation found that the officers' only questionable actions were that they didn't alert dispatchers about the traffic stop and that one of them reached into Perry car to switch off the engine.

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Perry's rep declined to comment on the investiation.

Last year, the multihyphenate filmmaker topped Forbes magazine's list of the highest-paid men in entertainment, with a whopping $130 million in earnings between May 2010 and May 2011.