The 50-year-old rapper, who now lives in Tracy, took to Twitter over the weekend to explain in his own words (and a series of tweets) what happened.
“chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said, Are you on parole or probation? 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 .. 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 You have to know me to understand I was laughing when he was grunting and pulling on me .. I had just left the weight room .. I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy !!!”
But police have a slightly different version of what happened at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center, as they said Hammer, whose real name is Stanley Burrell, was “blaring his music, uncooperative and argumentative” and refused to answer questions about his vehicle. Officers said the vehicle was not registered to Hammer and he was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer.
Hammer, a multiplatinum recording artist, with one of his most famous songs “U Can’t Touch This,” later said on Twitter that “Instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a ‘teachable moment’ and ‘eye opener’ for my many friends & colleagues.”
Photo Credit: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
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