MC Hammer was arrested Thursday for obstructing a police officer – and launched into a series of Tweets denying wrongdoing and alleging profiling.
First, the officer’s side of the story:
Law enforcement officials in Dublin, Calif., said Hammer was in a vehicle with an 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,” police spokesman Herb Walters told CNN.
Hammer, 50, was then arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer and obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties, according to Walters.
The incident occurred at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center, but the ’90s rap and dance icon tells a very different version of what went down.
Alleging profiling, Hammer claims he was asked whether he was on parole or probation before the police officer tried to pull him out of his vehicle.
Hammer Tweeted, “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,” he continued.
The rapper later said that the “only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge.”
“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 was booked and released on bail from Santa Rita Jail; 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, which Hammer (real name Stanley Kirk Burrell) is still livid over, Tweeting yesterday afternoon:
“I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy!!!,” he wrote of his “eye opener.”
Hammer has been enjoying a career resurgence after taking the stage with “Gangnam Style” performer PSY on several occasions last year.