MC Hammer arrest: Bay Area rapper MC Hammer said he was the victim of racial profiling after he was stopped and arrested in California for allegedly obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties.
MC Hammer said he was the victim of racial profiling after he was stopped and arrested in Dublin, located in northern California, for allegedly obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties.
He was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and was released after he was fined, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office told Bay Area broadcaster KTVU.
Hammer fired off a series of tweets over the weekend in defending his case.
In one tweet, Hammer said that the “only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun … is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge,” describing the police officer who arrested him.
“While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet,” he said in another tweet. He added: “It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help (MallCop) !!! But make no mistake he’s dangerous.”
That was before the officer purportedly asked him: “Are you on parole or probation?” reads another tweet.
But police in Dublin say that Hammer was in a car with expired registration and was not the registered owner of it, reported CNN.
“After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer’s questions,” police spokesman Herb Walters told CNN on Saturday.
MC Hammer, born Stanley Kirk Burrell, achieved massive success with the the hit track “U Can’t Touch This” in 1990. He now owns company to promote, market, and manage mixed martial arts fighters.
Hammer added that “instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a ‘teachable moment’ and ‘eye opener’ for my many friends & colleagues.”
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