Atlanta Police Clear White Officers Of Profiling In Tyler Perry Case

A four month investigation on two white Atlanta police officers who pulled over and questioned entertainment mogul Tyler Perry have been exonerated of racial profiling by an internal investigation, according to reports released Tuesday.

Just after noon on February 24, Perry left his studio in southwest Atlanta alone in a white Porsche Panamera. As the actor and director later explained in a lengthy Facebook post, Perry made an illegal left turn to make sure he wasn’t being followed.

Two Atlanta police officers in a patrol car pulled Perry over and questioned him for about six minutes before letting him go without issuing a ticket. Perry described the incident as “hostile” and that he felt unsafe. One of the officers continued to “badger him” during questioning, the entertainer said.

After a four-month investigation, an internal affairs officer reported, “I would submit the evidence shows the actions of both officers with the regard to the traffic stop of Mr. Perry were justified, lawful and proper.”
A representative for Perry said he was unavailable. “Tyler Perry is out of the country and unable to comment at this time,” said spokeswoman Keleigh Thomas.

The report said the officers were working for the auto theft task force and one thought Perry’s $110,000 sports car was similar to one on a list of stolen cars. The officer said that as he turned around Perry made the illegal turn. One officer, a six-year Atlanta police veteran, told investigators that he didn’t stop Perry because he was black. “His vehicle had dark, tinted windows,” he said, according to the report.
His partner, on the force for eight years, testified that he “didn’t look at the driver” before the traffic stop.

Perry, whose name appears on his license as Emmitt Perry Jr., said on his Facebook post that he explained to the officers that he was trying to make sure he wasn’t being followed. One of the officers told investigators he was concerned about Perry’s mental state because of his “actions and body languages.” A black officer who arrived in a second patrol car recognized Perry and asked one of the other officers whether he knew how famous Perry is.

The car likely wasn’t stolen because “the guy was a billionaire,” the officer told his colleagues, explaining that Perry made movies. On the recording of the radio traffic that night, one of the two white officers is heard to say, “I really didn’t know who that dude was.” The black officer asked Perry what model year his Porsche was and figured out it was newer than the car police had listed as stolen.

The officers said they never intended to issue a traffic ticket but wanted to check the car’s identification number. The white officers were admonished for not calling in the traffic stop to a dispatcher.
The investigator also said it was debatable as to whether one of the officers should have reached into Perry’s vehicle in an attempt to turn off the engine. The report said that there was no dashboard camera in either patrol car. Police didn’t interview Perry personally, but used his Facebook statement as evidence, investigators said.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic Introduce Their First Child, Edward Duke

It’s definitely no secret that Giuliana and Bill Rancic have been waiting a long time for their first child, so now they are reveling in new parenthood. Just two weeks after Edward Duke Rancic was born, the proud parents are showing off their miracle baby.

After a gestational carrier gave birth to their 7 pound, 4 ounce bundle of love on August 29, the proud parents immediately bonded with their baby. “I was sobbing and yet had the biggest smile,” Giuliana, 37, tells Life & Style in its new issue. “It was very emotional. I just kept saying, ‘He’s so cute.'” Bill, 41, says Duke (the baby will be known by his middle name) gets his looks from his mother. “The baby’s got Giuliana’s dimples,” the proud dad gushes. “Every day he’s changing — it’s just remarkable to see. He’s a very cool customer, one happy little guy.”

So what is the inspiration behind that happy little guy’s name? “Edward Duke was pretty much picked out when he was conceived,” Giuliana tells the magazine. “Edward is Bill’s late dad’s name and my dad’s name. It was a way to honor them. And Duke means leader.” The Rancics are so happy to be parents that they are even enjoying the less fun tasks of parenthood, including diaper duty and waking up for late-night feedings. “I’d never changed more than a diaper or two in my life,” Giuliana tells Life & Style. “Now it’s like the little things that make me happy — happier than I’ve ever been.” As for those feedings, “we alternate,” she explains. “I don’t need much sleep, so Bill will do the 8 p.m. before-bed feeding, and I’ll do the 12 a.m. and typically the 4 a.m. — though he did do the 4 a.m. last night. Bill just jumped out of bed and was like, ‘I’ll do it!'”

The couple, who recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary, had a long road to parenthood. On their Style Network reality series, “Giuliana and Bill,” they openly shared their struggle to conceive. While Giuliana was being treated by a fertility specialist that the doctor insisted that she have a mammogram, which revealed that she had breast cancer. She immediately underwent a double mastectomy last fall. Because she is taking an oral medication for the cancer over the next four-and-a-half years, Giuliana was told she could no longer try to conceive. So the couple took embryos they had stored prior to the cancer diagnosis and tried their luck with a gestational carrier, who immediately became pregnant.

Giuliana, who is on maternity leave from “E! News” and “Fashion Police” until November 13 (though she will be covering the Emmys on September 23), says they are so happy with the surrogate process, they plan to do it again. “There will definitely be more kids in our future,” she tells Life & Style. “Nothing too soon though. … We’d have to go down the surrogate path again. We got so lucky this first time around, we just hope that we can be so lucky again. We’ll see.” For the full story on the new addition to the Rancic Family make sure to grab the September 24 issue of Lifestyle Magazine.

NFL To Use First-Ever Female Referee

Shannon Eastin, who has spent time officiating high school and college games, will be part of the replacement crew officiating Thursday’s Packers-Chargers game. Eastin has worked Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games, and she also has worked the Arizona Cardinals’ Red and White game, a preseason scrimmage.

Coincidentally, at this time last season, the NFL’s head of officials said the league was considering hiring a female referee full time.

“We have some in our pipeline, and I expect we’ll see it soon,” he said.

Male or female, former NFL head of officials Mike Pereira said using replacement referees will ultimately hurt the integrity of the game.

“Now you’re going to get a group of people out there with no experience,” Pereira told The Dan Patrick Show, “and you’ve got such a mix of people — some with barely more than high school experience, you’ve got guys that have been out of the game for years, you’ve got guys that have officiated in the lingerie football league … you’ve got such a mix right now that it’s not good for the game.”

This is the first referee labor dispute since 2001 when a contract issue led to the referees missing the last exhibition game and first regular-season game of the season.

Chris Stokes – Entertainment Mogul

Chris Stokes

A high-profile manager, producer, multi-instrumentalist, screenwriter, and director, Chris Stokes guided Immature/IMx and B2K, two of the most successful R&B groups of the ’90s and early 2000s (respectively). He also produced material by Bell Biv DeVoe, Shanice, and Debelah Morgan, and was part of the group Wataz (which released a 1998 album, Natural High), but he helped build something of an empire with the members of the groups he managed, parlaying their successes into screenwriting and directing. House Party 4, You Got Served, and Somebody Help Me each featured the likes of Omarion, Marques Houston, and other members of Stokes’ groups. In 2012, Stokes and Houston paired together again for the Stokes-directed dramatic film Battlefield America about underground dance competitions.