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‘Racial profiling should be declared a hate crime'

ANGRY: Tyler Perry

FILM MOGUL Tyler Perry says that racial profiling in America should be declared as a hate crime.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, the Diary of a Mad Black Woman star recalled a recent incident in Atlanta where he was pulled over by officers after making an illegal turn to ensure he wasn’t being followed home from the studio.

He claims he was pulled over by two officers, one of whom asked him why he thought someone might be following him.

Perry wrote that before he could reply, he heard the second officer banging on a passenger window because it was tinted. The second officer allegedly asked him, “Why do you think someone is following you? What is wrong with you?”

“Before I could answer the officer on the passenger side, the one on the driver's side had reached into the car and started pulling on the switch that turns the car on and off, saying, “put your foot on the brake, put your foot on the brake!” He explained.

He went on: “I reached down into the cup holder to get the key, not realising that the key had a black leather strap on it. As I grabbed it they both tensed up and I dropped it as I heard my mother’s voice from when I was a little boy.

“My mother would always say to me, “if you get stopped by the police, especially if they are white policemen, you say ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’, and if they want to take you in, you go with them,” he said.

Perry said the cops continued to harass him until a third officer, who, like the actor/director, is black, pulled over to the scene and discreetly told his colleagues who Perry was.

“Now I know that there are many great officers, patrolmen and security guys out there. I am aware of that. But although we have made significant strides with racial profiling in this country, the world needs to know that we are still being racially profiled,” he wrote.


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