Rapper MC Hammer took to social media on Saturday to suggest that his arrest earlier this week by a “chubby Elvis looking dude” was instigated by racial profiling.
KGO-TV reported on Saturday that Hammer, whose given name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, was arrested on Thursday night for allegedly resisting an officer and obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties after encountering a security guard inside a shopping mall parking lot in Dublin, California.
According to The San Jose Mercury-News, Hammer relayed his take on the incident on Saturday via Twitter, saying that the guard, described as a “chubby elvis looking dude,” tapped on his car window.
“I rolled down the window and he said, ‘Are you on parole or probation?,’” Hammer said.
Hammer was cited and released Thursday night. Dublin Police Services Sgt. Herb Walters did not comment on the specifics of his arrest, telling KGO, “We patrol the area of Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center, especially at nighttime hours. That is about all I can say for now.” Walters also told Dublin Patch via email that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the arrest.
On Saturday, Hammer said that the officer tried to pull him out of his car, then pulled out his guns and blew his whistle to call for backup.
“[The] only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge,” he said.
Hammer also answered the officer’s question on Saturday, saying, “Contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!! [sic]”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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