February 24, 2013


MC Hammer Arrested, Says He Was Racially Profiled

John M. Heller
John M. Heller

MC Hammer was arrested Friday for allegedly obstructing an officer in Northern California, CNN reports. And now the "Too Legit To Quit" rapper says he was the victim of racial profiling. 

In a series of Tweets Saturday night Hammer  says the officer asked whether he was on parole or probation, then tried to pull him out of his vehicle. "...Contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!," Hammer tweeted.

In a statement to CNN, police in Dublin, CA, outside of Oakland, said Hammer was driving a vehicle with expired registration and said he wasn't the registered owner. "After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer's questions," said police spokesman Herb Walters. 

"Instead of being bitter, I'm taking the opportunity to make this a 'teachable moment’ and 'eye opener' for my many friends & colleagues," Hammer tweeted.

A court date is scheduled for next month, and police have until then to decide on any charges.