Tyler Perry Wants Racial Profiling a Hate Crime

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The Atlanta Police Department is investigating whether racial profiling played a role in a recent routine traffic stop involving well-known Christian filmmaker Tyler Perry.

Police pulled over the media mogul after he made an illegal turn while driving in the city, where he also lives.

On his Facebook page, Perry wrote that two white police officers were hostile and rude to him during the stop. Witnesses at the corner of Greenbriar and Campbellton Road say the exchange quickly escalated.

Alleged witness Malik Kadeem told a local ABC affiliate that the second police officer, "Rudely went on the other side and started banging on the window" yelling, "Let down your window!"

Perry is now comparing the incident to what some have called the racial profiling death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin last month.

Perry's Facebook post said the situation finally diffused after a third, African-American officer arrived on the scene and recognized him. Though Perry admits the turn was made illegally, the actor/director says he is still angry about how he was treated.

Perry wrote, "Racial profiling should be a hate crime investigated by the FBI."

Police never issued Perry a ticket.

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