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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

APD investigating Tyler Perry incident

Tyler Perry emerged from a recent traffic stop in Atlanta believing he was the victim of racial profiling.

Now, as Fresh Loaf commenters demonstrated, there are a couple of ways the facts behind Perry's bible-length account of what happened can be interpreted:
— Tyler Perry made an illegal turn, offered a bizarre explanation — "he has to be sure he isn't being followed" — and is annoyed that he was given the third degree because the two white officers who stopped him didn't recognize his famous face.
— The police were reactionary and rude and didn't give Perry an opportunity to explain himself because he's black.

When our original post went up on Monday, it was unclear for which local police department the officers involved in the traffic stop worked. The Atlanta Police Department has since confirmed they were APD officers. They released the following statement ...

"The Atlanta Police Department has confirmed that two officers recently encountered Mr. Tyler Perry during a traffic stop. Mr. Perry's concerns, as recently expressed by him publicly, will be the basis for referral of the matter to the department's Office of Professional Standards. OPS has opened an investigation to determine if Mr. Perry's claims can be substantiated, and whether any departmental policies or procedures were violated during the stop."

Stay tuned ...

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