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NAACP launches its own investigation into alleged racial profiling of SC branch president

Timmonsville NAACP president says was racially profiled, body cam video shows the stop. (WPDE/Timmonsville Police Department)

Timmonsvile, S.C. (WCIV) — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has launched an internal investigation into the report of racial profiling levied by Rev. Jerrod Moultrie, the President of the Timmonsville, S.C. branch of the NAACP, against a Timmonsville police officer.

It was the first time the national organization released a public statement about the April 13 incident.

Rev. Moultrie posted his account of the traffic stop on social media, asserting that two different police officers questioned him after his car was stopped in the subdivision in which he lives.

Moultrie's post said, "Tonight, I was racially profiled by Timmonsville Officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD."

Moultrie recounted his conversation with the officer in the post, saying the officer asked him if there were any drugs inside his car. Moultrie said in that post the officer told him, "I am doing you a favor tonight not taking you to jail or writing you a ticket."

Timothy Waters, a Florence community activist, went to the Timmonsville Police Department after reading Rev. Moultrie's online post and got a copy of the officer's dash and body cam video.

Waters said the body cam video totally contradicts what Moultrie posted on Facebook.

He said the officer was very pleasant and kind to Moultrie during the entire four-minute traffic stop.

In it's statement of the internal investigation, the NAACP states, “The NAACP takes this opportunity to counter misleading assumptions about racial profiling in the context of traffic stops. Racial profiling, in this context, concerns the reasons for stopping a particular vehicle at a particular time, not whether the officer conducting the stop (or any other officer on the scene) is impolite.”

“Rev. Jerrod Moultrie addressed apparent contradictions between the body cam footage released by the Timmonsville Police Department and his social media account of the incident,” the NAACP states. “According to Rev. Moultrie, the body cam footage captures the arrival of the second police cruiser on the scene, but does not capture his interaction with the officer who conducted the initial stop in a separate vehicle, and who interacted with Rev. Moultrie before the second police cruiser arrived.”

The NAACP states it is seeking “full disclosure of all relevant information regarding the incident.”

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