Eric Andre Says He Was Racially Profiled By Atlanta Police

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Eric Andre Says He Was Racially Profiled By Atlanta Police

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Eric Andre claimed that two plain clothes Atlanta police officers stopped him for a “random” search and asked if they could search him for drugs.

In a series of tweets, Eric Andre alleged that he was racially profiled by Atlanta police officers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Wednesday.

In the first tweet, which has since been deleted, the comedian said “I was just racially profiled by two plain clothes Atlanta PD police” at a Delta terminal as he made his way to the plane.

Andre then said that “They stopped me on the way down the bridge to the plane for a ‘random’ search and asked [if] they could search me for drugs. I told them no. Be careful.”

Andre added that the officers had let him go and he was on the plane, before saying that he wanted to report the incident.

“Please any Atlanta lawyer reach out to me,” he said.

In another tweet, Andre tweeted at Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, saying: “I know this isn’t the PD you want representing in your airports.”

Andre also shared the tweets, as well as a post on his Instagram story.

“I was just racially profiled in the Atlanta airport. Stopped by two white cops who asked if I had drugs for no reason,” he wrote. “…They asked to search my bag with no warrant or [probable] cause and I said no. Please be careful out there.Tell your POC coworkers in Atlanta.”

Andre recently dropped his Netflix comedy film Bad Trip, which he discussed in a recent interview with Okayplayer. In another interview with NME, the comedian spoke about his love of the late DMX, saying of the rapper: “He was one of those artists that was born to rap. In a parallel existence, if he became a brain surgeon or a plumber, it would’ve been a tragedy. His voice and his attitude… it was almost like he rapped when he talked. He was born a star. There was no warming up.”

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