Early ’90s rap star MC Hammer says he was the victim of racial profiling in an incident that eventually led to his arrest outside a mall in Dublin, California last week.
Hammer’s financial woes are well documented. The Grammy-winning pioneer of parachute pants famously filed for bankruptcy in 1996, after squandering a multimillion dollar fortune. But legal troubles are new for the ordained minister.
The “Too Legit to Quit” hitmaker, now 50, posted messages on Twitter over the weekend, in which he recalls sitting in his car after lifting weights when a Dublin police officer he described as a “chubby elvis-looking dude” tapped on his car window and asked if he was on parole or probation.
A heated Hammer tweeted:
“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.”
He later added:
“Only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge…Contrary to his [the officer's] personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!”
Officials with Dublin Police claim Hammer was in a vehicle at the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center with expired registration and he was not the registered owner. Police spokesman Herb Walters said in an e-mail to CNN:
“After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer’s questions.”
Hammer was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he was booked and released.