Anthony Morrow says he was racially profiled by Georgia police
NBA free agent Anthony Morrow said in a recent Instagram post that he was racially profiled by two Georgia police as he was traveling between Atlanta and Charlotte.
Morrow, 31, said that an officer pulled him over and failed to give him a reason for the stop. Another officer then joined the first, and the two continued to try to find reasonable cause to search Morrow’s car. Morrow also said that they took him out of the car and frisked him without giving a reason.
After failing to consent to a search of his car -- which Morrow says the officers told him made them suspicious -- the officers brought out a K9 which failed to find any indicators that the car needed to be searched. The officers then rolled up Morrow’s windows halfway, had the dog sniff the car again, then said that the K9 had indicated enough for them to continue with a search.
The sharp-shooting guard then posted a series of videos on Instagram speaking about the officers, the stop, and a message for people to be careful in their interactions with police. Morrow named the duo that stopped him as Officer Fleming and Officer Fuller of Commerce, GA.
Morrow also gave the number via his social media accounts for the Commerce Police Department, and said that he had filed an official grievance with the department itself. An NBC Sports phone call seeking comment from the Commerce Police Department was not returned as the city does not provide a nonemergency line for the weekend.
Here’s what Morrow had to say, including that he respects police officers and that two of his uncles are in fact sheriffs in North Carolina. Warning: NSFW language ahead:
Morrow is a UFA who averaged 5.5 points in 15.7 minutes per-game last season with the Thunder and Bulls.