Former music icon MC Hammer has stepped forward to call out a local police department for allegedly racially profiling him, which led to an arrest, this weekend.
Hammer hopped onto his Twitter page Saturday (February 23) to dish dirt on the injustice he experienced.
“chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said'”Are you on parole or probation?,” Hammer tweeted February 23rd.
“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. ..”
“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 ..”
“only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge. I was citied for obstruction smh”
“You have to know me to understand I was laughing when he was grunting and pulling on me .. I had just left the weight room ..”
“I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!” (MC Hammer’s Twitter)
Details of what reportedly went down have also surfaced online.
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?” Hammer was booked and released from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA after he was popped for obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer. (TMZ)
Hammer previously made headlines a couple years ago when he became involved in an online search engine campaign.
On stage at the conference Mr. Hammer announced a new Web service called WireDoo: a search engine that adds relationship information to search results. For example, if someone searches for the word “car” on WireDoo, they will see results for topics related to a car, including insurance, pricing and consumer safety ratings. Searching a stock symbol will show related investors and mutual funds. Mr. Hammer said WireDoo, which is currently still being built and not available to the public, is not trying to compete with established search giants like Google, but hopes to offer a “deeper type of search” that can show relationships to queries. (New York Times)
Despite selling platinum albums and making millions from endorsement deals, Hammer fell on hard times in the mid-1990’s.
In 1996, Hammerfiled for bankruptcy, his taste for luxury having gotten the better of his dwindling income; his mansion was sold at a fraction of its cost. The crisis prompted a religious reawakening, and he began to write new material with an emphasis on spirituality and family. (All Music)