The Atlanta based filmmaker put a post on his Facebook page recently describing a tense encounter with police, which he suggested “could have turned for the worse.”
“It was so hostile,” wrote Perry. “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.”
The police investigation began Tuesday. No action has been taken against the officers involved.
Perry acknowledged that he made a left turn from a right lane, which a police officer told him was illegal and the reason for stopping him. Perry said he learned the lane change practice from his security team as a way to see if people are following him.
Perry said he was stopped by two white officers and the situation was only diffused when a black officer arrived and recognized him.
“This officer was a black guy,” Perry wrote. “He took one look at me and had that ‘Oh No’ look on his face.”
Perry posed a question to his readers: “Do you see how quickly this could have turned for the worse?”
The traffic stop happened near Perry’s southwest Atlanta movie studio last month, just days before the filmmaker hosted a high-profile fundraising event featuring President Obama.