Rapper MC Hammer was arrested yesterday for obstructing an officer, but he paints a story of racial profiling by the police … claiming an officer pulled out his gun and randomly asked him, “Are you on parole or probation?”
Police in Dublin, east of Oakland, said Hammer was in a vehicle with expired registration and he was not the registered owner.
“After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer’s questions,” police spokesman Herb Walters wrote Saturday evening in an e-mail to CNN.
The incident occurred at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center.
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.”
Hammer, 50, 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.
In another tweet, Hammer, born Stanley Kirk Burrell, said, “only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge.”
“I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy!!!,” wrote Hammer, later adding he thought of his arrest as “a teachable moment” and an “eye opener.”