Tyler Perry
Gets Profiled

Tyler Perry has revealed a scary brush with the law that shows racial profiling and discrimination are not a thing of the past. Read on to find out what happened just days before he was to host America's first black President.

Tyler Perry

He may be one of the most successful black men in Hollywood, but that doesn't mean Tyler Perry is exempt from racial profiling. The Good Deeds actor/director/producer was recently the victim of a scary traffic stop at the hands of white police officers near his Atlanta, Georgia base -- and a bad situation was only prevented from getting worse by the arrival of a black officer.

On his Facebook page, Perry explained:

"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?'"

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"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," Perry explained. "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?'"

"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."

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"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?"

Perry used his platform to show his support to the families of Trayvon Martin and other minority men who are thought to be the victims of violence due to racial profiling in the state of Florida.

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Comments on "Tyler Perry's scary brush with racial profiling"

SookySue May 02, 2012 | 12:54 PM

Mr. Perry, this happens to us black folks everywhere. It is not just Florida. I'm from Chicago the state the President Obama lives. And he knows (the President) that this happens allot--especially in the suburbs of Chicago like Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg. Any small city that sees black men riding through will be stopped. It don't matter if the car windows are tinted, not-tinted, ugly or sharp MayBach, Cadillac or Mercedes automobile; if you're black you will be stopped. Furthermore, the way in which white police officers speak to black people is where the trouble starts. Firstly, the officer is suppose to state why you're being stopped, so that is clear to the driver. The driver is not a mind reader. Then the officer should ask for the appropriate documents. Most, many police officer's like in the case of Tyler Perry--the officer is asking what's wrong with you? Tyler never said anything was wrong with him. Although, Tyler Perry did not explain why he thought he was being followed either. So, the police office (in this case) is not a mind reader either. If you say that to a police officer and you're driving a fancy car that you're being followed--of course he wants to know why and who is following you. That's a legitimate question. If you watch the television show Cops, you can see the difference in the way police officer's speak to white folks vs. black folks. They hand-cut them in the front. They ask them questions about their well-being. They make suggestions of where the person can get some help if they have a drug problem. Oh yes, it's very obvious. The police officer is almost kissing their a** when they stop them. Although they might be in the wrong! It's laughable when I watch it. For blacks folks; you'll be thrown to the grown, without questions of well-being, you will be hand-cuffed in the back and thrown in the back seat of the car probably on your face. If you don't have a driver's license (oh well) it's over. The police officer will get in your face (to try and get you angry) ask you questions that don't pertain to the issue (which is the license). I don't know but maybe police officer's should be trained on how to talk to anybody that they stop. If they stop a cute blond---what do you think they would say and would they drag her out of the car? What do you think>??? Because when they approach black people the majority of them are hostile idiots.

Mitch April 04, 2012 | 12:44 PM

Is this a joke? Racial profiling? He made an illegal tuen and was pulled over. When you state you think you are being followed, only a good cop would ask why or who is following you. Keep crying wolf and eventually no one will listen

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