Radio host says police stop over stolen car mix-up went too far
ATLANTA — A local radio host told Channel 2 Action News he's still shocked by a run-in with Atlanta police that happened Wednesday afternoon.
Police said they were looking for a car that looked practically identical to the vehicle occupied by Kenny Burns.
Burns said he had just parked his black Mercedes near his Atlantic Station office, when what turned out to be an undercover officer ran up to him with a gun drawn.
"I thought someone was trying to jack me," the V103 DJ told Channel 2's Tony Thomas. "Next thing I know, my car door opens before I could even get my bearings and he grabbed my arm and said, 'Put your hand down, put your hand down!'"
Although it is standard procedure for officers to conduct a felony stop in suspected stolen car situations, Burns said the process still troubled him.
"They didn't ask me for my registration, they just pulled me out put me in handcuffs and started feeling my pockets," Burns said.
Burns said once officers realized he was a radio host, they joked about Atlanta-based film director Tyler Perry being pulled over in a traffic stop earlier this month, sparking controversy about racial profiling.
Perry admits to his traffic violation, writing on Facebook he was pulled over after making an illegal turn.
Days after the incident, Perry's publicist said Perry did not not believe he was pulled over because he is black, despite critical comments about racial profiling Perry included in his Facebook description of the traffic stop are currently under investigation.
Meanwhile, a police official said Burns can file a complaint if he feels such action is necessary.
"If Mr. Burns feels officers acted inappropriately, we have an internal investigations process and welcome him to file a formal complaint to determine if any departmental policies or procedures were violated," according to an email sent to Thomas.
But Burns said he has not filed a complaint and does not plan on filing one, either.
"Like I said, the reason I'm doing the interview is because if it can happen to me, clearly you know it's happening to you out in the streets," Burns said.