MC Hammer 'very argumentative' before arrest, authorities say
MC Hammer was argumentative with deputies before his arrest in the Bay Area, authorities said Sunday.
The rap artist, whose real name is Stanley Burrell, was arrested late last week in the Bay Area city of Dublin and promptly took to Twitter to claim he had been the victim of racial profiling.Alameda County Sheriff's Lt. Herbert Walters said Hammer 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."
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 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.
Hammer was released from jail after being booked and posting bail, Walters said.
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