TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WBTW) - The president of the Timmonsville NAACP branch accused a Timmonsville police officer of racially profiling him, but the body camera video of the incident doesn't match the man's story.
Reverend Jerrod Moultrie posted a status on Facebook on Apr. 13 that said he was racially profiled by an officer after he was pulled over.
Moultrie has since taken down the post, but the Timmonsville Police Department emailed News13 a scanned copy.
In the Facebook post, Moultrie said he was pulled over by the officer because he was driving a Mercedes-Benz in a "nice neighborhood."
Moultrie then gave his version of the story. He said the officer stopped him because he (Moultrie) didn't use his turn signal, and said the officer then asked him if he had drugs in his car.
Moultrie said the officer persistently asked him why he was in that neighborhood. According to his post, Moultrie said the officer took his license and registration, and when he came back, the officer said his tags were registered to another vehicle.
Moultrie said he told the officer he had just bought his Mercedes-Benz, and is in the process of transferring information.
Toward the end of his Facebook post, Reverend Moultrie said the officer told him, "I am doing you a favor tonight [by] not taking you to jail or writing you a ticket."
The Timmonsville Police Department emailed News13 a copy of the four minute body camera video that shows the officer's encounter with Moultrie.
In the body camera video, the officer said he stopped Moultrie because he didn't use his turn signal.
"The reason I'm coming in contact with you, is whenever you took the left right here, you didn't signal," the officer said. "That's the only reason I'm coming in contact with you, okay?"
The officer then walks back to his patrol car with Moultrie's information, and after about one minute and fifteen seconds, the officer walks about to Moultrie's car.
News13 reached out to Reverend Moultrie, but he did not respond.
Timmsonville Police Chief, Billy Brown, released this statement to News13:
"After receiving the complaint from Reverend Moultrie in reference to the supposed racial profiling traffic stop, Reverend Moultrie told me that the officer stopped him [to] ask if you had drugs in the car [and] ask[ed] why he was in the community as several times whose car was it, and also made mention that he could put him in jail or write him a citation. I was totally shocked, but I told him that I had to view it for myself. After seeing the video I could not believe that not even one of the accusations that Moultrie made was on the video. Tim Waters requested a copy of the video under the Freedom of Information Act and placed it on Moultrie's Facebook page to show everyone that he had lied. This was a bad situation that could have been worse. We have to move on and take care of what we were hired for, to protect [the] people within the town [of] Timmonsville."
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