ATLANTA, GA – African American supporting actor Eric Andre says he was racially profiled before boarding an airplane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
“I was just racially profiled by two plain clothes Atlanta PD police in @Delta terminal T3 at the Atlanta airport. They stopped me on the way down the bridge to the plane for a “random” search and asked they could search me for drugs. I told them no. Be careful,” the actor tweeted.
The Clayton County Police Department who initiated the encounter said it had nothing to do with race, but a random airport screening check.
“On April 21, 2021, the Clayton County Police Department made a consensual encounter with a male traveler, later identified as Eric Andre, as he was preparing to fly to California from the Atlanta Airport. Mr. Andre chose to speak with investigators during the initial encounter,” the department said in a release. “During the encounter, Mr. Andre voluntarily provided the investigators information as to his travel plans. Mr. Andre also voluntarily consented to a search of his luggage but the investigators chose not to do so. Investigators identified that there was no reason to continue a conversation and therefore terminated the encounter. Mr. Andre boarded the plane without being detained and continued on his travels. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Atlanta Police Department did not assist in this consensual encounter.”
Even Andre’s fans don’t believe his tall tale.
“They do that all the time. I’ve been stopped and they put the bomb testing material on my fingers. I really do think it’s random tho,” one fan told the actor.
“To be fair, i would have profiled you. You’re pretty open about your past drug use,” another joked.
“It does suck, but If my job was to find drugs… I would probably stop you as you keep talking about drugs,” another said.
“How do you know they weren’t profiling you for other reasons like being one of the weirdest celebrities of all time who does wild shit on camera and has literally pretended to be a cop on drugs? Or that maybe it was truly random,” another said.
“Are you sure it was racially profiling and not the fact that your a famous person that openly talks about drug use,” yet another fan replied.
“Um, don’t you talk about doing drugs somewhat regularly,” another said.