MC Hammer was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer, according to reports, but the rapper claims he was a victim of racial profiling.
The police have not released details about the arrest other than the citation, according to the Oakland Tribune. But Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, went public with his own version on Twitter Saturday.
“Chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said ‘Are you on parole or probation?'” he tweeted.
Hammer went on to say that the officer reached inside his car and attempted to pull him out.
According to Hammer: “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 .. only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge. I was cited for obstruction.”
Hammer was cited, booked and released, the Tribune reports. He has no prior record.
“Instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a “teachable moment” and “eye opener” for my many friends & colleagues,” he tweeted.
In another post, the rapper wrote: “I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!”
Do you think Hammer was unfairly profiled?
(source-Liz Raftery | TV Guide )