Over the weekend, MC Hammer (real name Stanley Kirk Burrell) claims that he was racially profiled in Dublin, CA. The 50-year-old rapper says that he was pulled over for obstructing and resisting an officer, but somehow ended up jail, because he was black. He recounted the story on twitter, writing:
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. ..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 !!! ”Greater Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” … So true … Instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a “teachable moment” and “eye opener” for my many friends & colleagues. Disappointment? I was on my way to San Quentin Friday morning to congratulate a group of inmates in “The Last Mile” My biggest concern ? What was it that they injected into my arm under the guise of a “Skin Test”?
TMZ reports that Hammer has since been released from Santa Rita Jail, which explains why he was able to tweet his version of what happened. There’s been no official statement from the police department.