After a long absence, Rapper MC Hammer showed off his “Gangnam Style” onstage with international artist Psy on New Year’s Eve. He has been relatively quiet since then, but he now wants his fans and police officers to know “U Can’t Touch This.” Hammer sent off a series of tweets on Saturday that detailed the events of his arrest in Northern California for resisting an officer, according to a Feb. 24 CNN report.
While Hammer’s tweets implied that he was a victim of racial profiling, police authorities gave their side of the story, explaining that Hammer was in a vehicle with an expired registration, and that he was not the registered owner. “After asking Hammer who the registered owner was he became very argumentative and refused to answer the officer’s questions,” police spokesman Herb Walters wrote to CNN. Walters noted that the rapper was arrested for resisting an officer and obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center in California.
According to KGO-TV, Walters explained the police presence in the area, stating, “We patrol the area of Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center, especially at nighttime hours. That is about all I can say for now.”
Hammer fired off tweets on Saturday about the incident, starting off by noting that a “chubby elvis looking dude” tapped on his car window and asked him “‘Are you on parole or probation?’”
He continued with the tweets, explaining that he officer tried to pull him out of the car. “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.”
Implying that the police had an agenda for stopping him, he added, “only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge.” And then he concluded with a response to the police officer’s original question during the stop, with the implication that the stop stemmed from racial profiling by the officer. “I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy!!!.”
Hammer alluded to his arrest as “a teachable moment” and an “eye opener.”
According to Walters, the “Too Legit to Quit” rapper was booked and released on bail from the Santa Rita jail, and a court date has been set for next month. Police made clear that this was not a drug or alcohol related incident.
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