An NAACP leader who claimed he was racially profiled during a traffic stop has been accused of lying after police released bodycam footage of the incident.
Timmonsville Police Chief Billy Brown accused Rev. Jerrod Moultrie, the president of the local NAACP, of trying to stir up racial unrest after the newly released video appeared to contradict his claims.
‘I was shocked that someone who is supposed to be a community leader, a pastor, and head of the NAACP would just come out and tell a blatant lie,’ Brown told The Blaze.
An NAACP leader who claimed he was racially profiled during a traffic stop has been accused of lying after police released bodycam footage of the incident
Moultrie said that he was pulled over last month for failure to use a turn signal, as well as an issue with his license plate.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, he described how the police officer had asked him whether he had drugs in his car, and had repeatedly questioned him on why he was driving a nice car in a nice neighborhood.
‘Tonight, I was racially profiled by Timmonsville Officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD,’ he wrote on April 13.
Moultrie went onto claim that the white cop was sarcastic and abusive.
When he asked the Timmonsville, South Carolina, NAACP president for his address, and Moultrie pointed out his home, the cop supposedly snapped back: ‘And I guess I am Bill Gates.’
Rev. Jerrod Moultrie claimed that he was pulled over last month for failure to use a turn signal, as well as an issue with his license plate
He described how the police officer had asked him whether he had drugs in his car, and had repeatedly questioned him on why he was driving a nice car in a nice neighborhood
‘I am doing you a favor tonight not taking you to jail or writing you a ticket,’ the officer reportedly told Moultrie.
Moultrie added: ‘Guess I can’t be a pastor and can’t drive a Mercedes Benz and live in a nice neighborhood.
‘Someone needs to answer for this behavior and this officer will.’
Florence community activist Timothy Waters was so outraged when he saw the post, that he reached out to the police department to ask for their bodycam footage of the traffic stop, WPDE reports.
But the video he saw showed a very different encounter to what Moultrie had claimed.
‘Once I got a copy of that bodycam, it’s as if he made the whole story up,’ said Waters.
‘And I felt like he set us back 100 years, because think about all of the racial profiling cases [that] are true.’
Moultrie has since deleted his Facebook post detailing the allegedly racist confrontation
Waters described the officer as being ‘kind’ throughout the stop.
The video also revealed that the officer never asked about drugs or questioned why Moultrie was driving through the neighborhood.
‘It really bothered me, thinking about the racial unrest it could’ve cost in the community, and it’s just troubling to me that someone who held a position like that would come out and just tell a lie,’ Chief Brown added.
‘There was a time where I was a victim as a police chief. I was a victim of racial profiling.’
The NAACP has since announced it is launching an investigation into the incident.
Moultrie has since addressed the bodycam footage, claiming that he was approached by not one but two officers when he was pulled over. He claims that he was racially abused by the first cop who stopped him. And the bodycam footage was taken from the encounter with the second cop.
He did not explain why two officers from two separate vehicles would approach him over the same issue.
Police Chief Brown insisted again that Moultrie was lying and that the bodycam footage was of the first – and only – cop to have approached him.
He explained that while a South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper stopped to offer assistance during the stop, he never left his cruiser.
‘[The second trooper] never left the doorway,’ Brown said. ‘He had no contact with Moultrie at all. Now, and it’s common sense, anybody who has ever been stopped by law enforcement, and there have been times where there was a backup officer.’
‘But, give me a case where one officer will come and ask for your credentials, deal with you, and after he finishes with you, another officer comes up and ask for your credentials again, and deal with you again,’ Brown explained. ‘It just doesn’t happen that way. It doesn’t work that way.’
Brown emphasized that the original video footage showed the entire interaction between Moultrie and the officers.
‘The video tells everything,’ Brown said. ‘The video tells you who had dealings with Moultrie. The video tells you who, what he claimed happened and what didn’t happen. And the video would clearly tell you that there was only one officer who approached Moultrie.’