MC Hammer was arrested in Northern California for obstructing an officer, according to a Feb. 24 report by Huffington Post. He has alleged that he was a victim of racial profiling. Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Burrell, has used Twitter to explain his side of the incident, although the arresting officer has another viewpoint.
MC Hammer claims that he was pulled over and asked if he was on probation or parole. He described the officer as reaching in to try to pull him out when he was giving him his identification.
Hammer made a point of answering the officer’s question on Twitter:
I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!
According to the Oakland Tribune, Dublin police Lt. Herb Walters arrested Stanley Burrell at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer. He was booked and released on Feb. 21 at Santa Rita Jail. Alcohol or drugs were not suspected in the incident.
This is the second incident recently where African-American entertainers were subjected to what they claimed to be racial profiling. Read here about Forest Whitaker being frisked in New York at a deli.