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MC Hammer, arrested in Bay Area, alleges racial profiling

February 24, 2013 |  1:15 pm


This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Sheriff’s deputies in the Bay Area brought the hammer down on MC Hammer, and he was none too pleased about it.

The rap artist, whose real name is Stanley Burrell, was arrested late last week in the small city of Dublin and promptly took to Twitter to claim he had been the victim of racial profiling.

Hammer, 50, let loose Saturday with a torrent of posts to his 3.1 million Twitter followers, saying he was sitting in his car when a deputy from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department approached and tapped on the window.

The deputy, whom Hammer described as a “chubby elvis looking dude,” apparently angered the rapper who rose to stardom in the 1990s with the hugely popular songs, “U Can’t Touch This” and “Too Legit to Quit,” by asking him if he was on parole or probation.

Hammer, who did not respond to a request for comment via Twitter, said the deputy then attempted to pull him from his car. “It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help,” the performer tweeted.

Hammer tweeted that he was “insulted and humored” by the incident.

[Updated, 2:25 p.m. Feb. 24: Sheriff's Lt. Herbert Walters confirmed Hammer's arrest and provided some details.

Hammer, he said, was taken into custody at a gas station after police realized he was in a vehicle that had expired registration and that was not registered to him.

"Hammer became very argumentative when questioned about the vehicle," Walters said in an email to the Times. "He refused to exit the vehicle when the officer asked him to and continued to argue."

Walters added that Hammer eventually exited the car on his own.

Hammer was released from jail after being booked and posting bail, Walters said.]


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Photo: MC Hammer at an Oakland Raiders football game in Oakland. Credit: Kyle Terada / US Presswire