*The Georgia Department of Public Safety has launched an investigation into NBA veteran Anthony Morrow’s allegations of racial profiling by two Georgia State Patrolmen during a traffic stop on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The nine-year NBA veteran called out the two patrolmen in a series of social media posts on Saturday:
Same cops pulled him over saw me drive past and pulled me over. I’m using my platform for awareness. In the end They didn’t find shit bc I didn’t have shit and they tried to play it off as ‘We’re just doing our job’ No probable cause, no drug scent, No indication of me being intoxicated. I posted this to let people know profiling is REAL no matter what your profession is. I fit the look of a guy driving a certain car that would have drugs and money in my car so I got randomly pulled over and violated. Officer Fuller and Officer Fleming down in Commerce, Georgia damn near pulled my car apart looking for drugs and money. Let’s be clear I’m NOT with that F*ck the Police shit. I have Two uncles that are Sheriffs here in Charlotte, North Carolina and I would never want anything bad to happen to them. But we need to hold the unlawful and bad cops accountable.
Morrow also gave a detailed account to the Charlotte Observer. He told the newspaper of driving his 2016 Dodge Challenger from Charlotte to Atlanta to pick up his 8-year-old daughter when cops stopped him on Interstate 85:
Morrow said he provided his driver’s license, registration and insurance card, then was immediately asked, “Are there any drugs, large sums of money or guns in this car?”
Morrow said no, and then he was asked about a sweet smell in his car, which Morrow replied was an air freshener.
At that point, according to Morrow, the police asked to search the car. Morrow declined them permission. He was then frisked and a police dog was brought to Morrow’s car to twice search for the scent of drugs.
In his Instagram account (above), Morrow said police “damn near pulled my car apart looking for drugs and money.” He added, “No probable cause, no drug scent, no indication of me being intoxicated. I posted this to let people know profiling is REAL no matter what your profession is. I fit the look of a guy driving a certain car that would have drugs and money in my car so I got randomly pulled over and violated.”
While Morrow suggested the officers were from the Commerce (Ga.) Police Department, CPD Chief Zach Ardis told USA Today that the two men in question worked for the Georgia State Patrol.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety confirmed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday that it was investigating the complaints Morrow made online.
“While Mr. Morrow has made no such formal complaint to the Department of Public Safety, we do take those statements very seriously,” DPS spokesperson Capt. Mark Perry told the AJC. “Accordingly, a formal investigation has been initiated to determine the facts surrounding the traffic stop, and the results of the investigation will be made public at its conclusion.”
As for the Georgia State Patrol’s side of the story, Perry said troopers stopped Morrow about 5:41 p.m. because they suspected an illegal window tint. When Morrow turned down the troopers’ request to search his 2015 Dodge Challenger, a police dog walked along the outside of the car.
“A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed no contraband or illegal items,” Perry said, adding, Morrow was given a warning about the 4 percent tint and released.