TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. – A newly released body cam video contradicts claims of racial profiling made by the president of the South Carolina NAACP.
The police body camera video of a traffic stop involving the South Carolina man has many folks upset. Yet anger is directed at the driver, not the officer. (Scroll down to watch video.)
April 13, Timmonsville NAACP President Rev. Jerrod Moultrie described on Facebook how he had been racially profiled when a police officer pulled him over near his home, reported Fox 5 Atlanta.
Moultrie’s post stated, “Tonight, I was racially profiled by Timmonsville Officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD.”
Moultrie went on to recount his version of the conversation he had with the officer in his social media post.
He wrote the officer asked him if there were any drugs inside his car. Moultrie also stated the officer told him, “I am doing you a favor tonight not taking you to jail or writing you a ticket.”
However, police countered his claim stating he was stopped for failing to use a turn signal and a problem with his license plate.
Nevertheless, Moultrie’s public diatribe created a stir as it was proven to be false.
Florence community activist Timothy Waters said he was upset by Moultrie’s claims to the point he had to see it for himself. So, Waters went to the Timmonsville Police Department to take a look at a copy of the officer’s dash and body cam video. But the video just made him even more upset, according to the report.
Waters said the body cam video appeared to completely counter what Moultrie posted on Facebook. He said the officer was very pleasant and kind to Moultrie during the entire four-minute traffic stop.
“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.
Screenshots of Moultrie’s account of the interaction remained on the internet. However, below is a transcription of the encounter:
Timmonsville Police Chief Billy Brown said Moultrie contacted him the morning after the traffic stop with claims that Moultrie had been racially profiled and mistreated by the officer.
“He made a comment that the officer accused him of having drugs in the car. He said that his wife and grandchild was in the car. He asked them not to move because the officer looked as if he might shoot them or something. He also made mention that the officer continued to ask him about his neighborhood. Why was he in that neighborhood? And threaten[ed] to put him in jail in reference to something dealing with the registration to the vehicle,” said Brown.
As a result, Brown said he investigated the allegations. In doing so, he reviewed the body cam video and determined there was nothing to Moultrie’s claims.
“When I saw the video, 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. It bothered me. 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,” Brown said. “There was a time where I was a victim as a police chief. I was a victim of racial profiling.”
Moultrie denied any further comment in the matter, but the local NAACP responded.
“We don’t condone the wrong that a person has done, we just don’t believe he would have told a lie about something of that magnitude. We’re not saying a person is incapable of lying. Just from his character, we don’t think he would have lied about something like that. In all fairness, to the NAACP and the community, we will watch the video and have a conversation with our NAACP President,” Timmonsville NAACP Officer Henry James Dixon said.
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“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 Timmonsville NAACP Officer Kenneth McAllister.
However, neither Dixon nor McAllister said they saw the video as of Monday evening. Yet they said Moultrie was a man of God and worked hard to re-establish the NAACP’s presence in Timmonsville.
“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 spent a lot of time with him and I just know his character,” said Dixon.
Regardless of Dixon or McAllister’s comments, the body cam video tells a completely different story. Moultrie didn’t simply “fudge” the truth. He packed a cannery of tall tales that would have defamed the officer had the body cam video not been present to counter his lies. If a police officer were caught in such a web of deception, termination would be the appropriate outcome.
Once credibility is gone, a public figure loses stock, and Moultrie’s just hit a bear market. It’s time for the South Carolina NAACP to sell!