Tyler Perry recently posted a detailed account to his personal Facebook page of his last experience being racial profiled by the police. In his statement, he recalls being pulled over by two white policemen for making an illegal turn, and then goes on to explain how he felt blatantly profiled because officers let him go once a black cop arrived and clarified his celebrity status. Vibe reports on the story:
Last night, Tyler Perry released a personal account of the last time he experienced racial profiling. He released a personal Facebook post on the ordeal. Read what he went through below.
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 rear-view 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?”
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. 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?”
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