MC Hammer arrest: Rapper calls it a 'teachable moment'
MC Hammer was reportedly arrested on Thursday, February 21, and the '90s rap star wrote about the incident extensively on his Twitter account.
According to CNN, MC Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Burrell, was arrested at a shopping center in Dublin, California, on suspicion of resisting an officer and obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties.
A spokesperson for the police department told the news outlet that Hammer was in a car with an expired registration and he was not the registered owner of the car. The spokesperson also said that the musician refused to cooperate with police.
"chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said,'Are you on parole or probation,'" Hammer Tweeted on February 23.
In another Tweet the 50-year-old wrote, "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."
"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," Hammer wrote. In another Tweet he wrote, "I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!"
He later added, "Instead of being bitter, I'm taking the opportunity to make this a 'teachable moment' and 'eye opener' for my many friends & colleagues."
The rapper was booked and released on bail from Santa Rita Jail and has a court date next month, according to CNN.
Hammer rose to fame during the late '80s and early '90s for hits like "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit." He recently performed with "Gangnam Style" rapper PSY for the 40th American Music Awards in November and during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" in December. The two sang a mash-up for PSY's YouTube hit and "Too Legit to Quit."