DUBLIN (AP/CBS) — MC Hammer suggests he was a victim of racial profiling when he was stopped and arrested by police in the Northern California city of Dublin.
The 1980s and ’90s rap star, now 50, tweeted on Saturday that an officer approached him in his car Thursday night and asked “Are you on parole or probation?”
He says that as he handed over his ID, the officer reached inside the car and tried to pull him out.
Hammer began his tweets Saturday with “chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, 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 the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet,” Hammer continued. “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.”
Dublin police Lt. Herb Walters told the Oakland Tribune that Hammer, who was born Stanley Burrell, was arrested Thursday for investigation of obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties and resisting an officer. There’s no indication that Hammer told the officer “you can’t touch this.”
Hammer was booked and released on bail from Santa Rita Jail, Walters said. A court date is next month, and police have until that time to decide on any charges.
No drugs or alcohol were suspected in the incident, police said.
Walters declined to comment about Hammer’s version of the arrest.
Hammer also tweeted that he wasn’t bitter and considered what happened “a teachable moment.”
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.)