Comedians Eric André and Clayton English Sue Clayton County Police Department for Racial Profiling at Atlanta Airport

Comedian Eric André, right, speaks about his lawsuit against the Clayton County Police Department at the Atlanta federal courthouse on Tuesday.(Kate Brumback / Associated Press)

Eric André is taking legal action against the Clayton County Police Department, a year after he said he was searched and stopped at an Atlanta airport with “no probable cause except for racism” in 2021.

On Tuesday, the “Eric André Show” star and fellow comedian Clayton English filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in federal court in Atlanta claiming that they were racially profiled and illegally stopped by Clayton County police at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“Mr. André and Mr. English are both Black men who, months apart, were unconstitutionally singled out because of their race and detained by CCPD and [Clayton County District Attorney’s Office] officers, while attempting to board their flights from Atlanta to Los Angeles,” said the legal document. “Neither man committed any crime nor engaged in suspicious activity.”

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At the center of the suit are two incidents, one involving English in October 2020 and another concerning André in April 2021. The suit says each comedian was stopped and searched while on the jet bridge waiting to board, and each was asked about drugs.

“I want to use my resources and my platform to bring national attention to this incident so that it stops,” André said during a press hearing outside of the federal courthouse in Atlanta on Tuesday.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Alexandra Del Rosario

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