NAACP Leader Claims He Was Racially Profiled, Body Cam Shows Otherwise
TIMMONSVILLE, SC (TONYA BROWN, WPDE-TV) — An NAACP president claims he was racially profiled by a police officer in Florence County, South Carolina. However, a community activist says the officer’s body camera video does not match up to the story.
Body camera video from the traffic stop back in April shows the police officer pulling over Timmonsville NCAAP president, Rev. Jerrod Moultrie, for a traffic violation and problems with his license plate.
Moultrie posted about the encounter on his Facebook page on April 13th, saying he was racially profiled because he was black, driving a Mercedes Benz and heading home in his nice neighborhood.
In the posting, Moultrie said he was asked if there were any drugs in the car. Moultrie also says the officer told him he could have taken him to jail and was doing him a favor.
However, the body camera video instead shows a very pleasant conversation between Moultrie and the officer.
Florence community activist Timothy Waters requested a copy of the video from Timmonsville Police through the Freedom of Information Act.
Waters said he was misled until he saw the actual video.
“Once I got a copy of that body cam, it’s as if he made the whole story up. And I felt like he set us back 100 years because think about all of the racial profiling cases that are true,” said Waters.
Moultrie said he cannot comment on the matter. He asked us to talk to two other Timmonsville NAACP officers who say they still support Moultrie as their leader, even though they haven’t seen the body cam video.
“Based on Rev. Moultrie’s character and, I wouldn’t have served as his vice president if I felt that he was a liar. I just wouldn’t do that. But I know he has worked very hard, very diligently, in bringing back together this branch of the NAACP. And we realize everything that the NAACP is about, and it’s not about that,” said Kenneth McAllister, Timmonsville NAACP Vice President.
“Based on the integrity of Rev. Moultrie, I really don’t feel that he has a reason to lie about what he saw. Because he doesn’t have any ill intent against anyone. I’ve spent a lot of time with him and I just know his character,” said Henry James Dixon, NAACP Vice Chairman of the Executive Board.
Moultrie has since taken down that Facebook post.
Timmonsville Police Chief Billy Brown said he’s pretty upset but glad that body cam video was there to show what really happened.
Chief Brown says he’s going to make sure all of his officers go through racial sensitivity training and maintains his officer clearly did nothing wrong and was more than polite to Rev. Moultrie.