February 24, 2013
MC Hammer arrested in Cali.
MC Hammer (Reuters file photo)
Rapper MC Hammer has taken to Twitter.com to protest his innocence following his arrest in California on Thursday.
The U Can't Touch This hitmaker was apprehended at a shopping center in Dublin, northern California, and cited for obstructing an officer in the performance of duties and resisting an officer.
Police officials allege the hip-hop star was sitting in a vehicle with an expired registration and he was not the registered owner, but MC Hammer, real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, has suggested he was the victim of racial profiling.
In a series of tweets, posted on Saturday, Hammer maintains the incident kicked off when a "chubby Elvis-looking" officer approached him to ask for his identification.
He writes, "I rolled down the window and he said, 'Are you on parole or probation?' While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out (of) the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet.
"It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help (Mall Cop)!!! But make no mistake he's dangerous."
Hammer also tweeted, "Only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge," before concluding: "I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of colour are not on parole or probation, fat boy!"
The star was taken into custody at Santa Rita Jail, where he was booked, cited and released.