Actor Tyler Perry takes the stage to introduce President Barack...

Actor Tyler Perry takes the stage to introduce President Barack Obama during a fundraiser at Perry's film studio in Atlanta. (March 16, 2012) Credit: AP

The Atlanta Police Department has launched an internal investigation after Tyler Perry accused two officers of racially profiling the filmmaker during a traffic stop, according to multiple reports.

The police department told E! News that its office of professional standards is investigating whether the claims "can be substantiated, and whether any departmental policies or procedures were violated during the stop."

Perry did not file a formal complaint with the Atlanta Police Department, instead choosing to write about the incident on his Facebook page. He wrote that he was leaving his Atlanta studio when he made a left turn from the right lane to ensure he wasn't being followed. "It's a safety precaution that my security team taught me," he wrote.

He said he was then pulled over for the illegal turn by two "hostile" white police officers, who "badgered" him. They didn't stop until a third officer, who was black, arrived at the scene and recognized Perry.

The black officer, Perry wrote, "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 did not get a ticket, according to reports.

A spokesman for Perry said, "There is no official statement at this time."

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