Last week, it was Forest Whitaker. This week it’s 90s rapper MC Hammer publicly addressing his run-in with racial profiling.
Hammer, born Stanley Burrell, says he was stopped and arrested by police in the Northern California city of Dublin.
On Saturday, the 50-year-old former rap star tweeted that an officer walked up to his car and asked: “Are you on parole or probation?”
He says he gave the officer his ID, but the officer reached inside the car and tried to pull him out.
Lieutenant Herb Walters of the Dublin Police Department told the Oakland Tribune that Hammer was arrested on Thursday for “investigation of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer,” according to the Huffington Post.
Lt. Walters declined requests to comment to KTVU-TV about Hammer’s version of the arrest.
But Hammer says the situation boils down to another lesson learned, tweeting:
“Instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a ‘teachable moment’ and ‘eye opener’ for many friends & colleagues.”