DUBLIN, CA - Legendary rapper MC Hammer was arrested during a stop at an East Bay Area mall earlier this week for allegedly resisting an officer, a police sergeant said today.
Stanley Kirk Burrell - known to most as MC Hammer - was arrested Thursday night at the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center next to interstate Highway 580 in Dublin, Dublin Police services Sgt. Herb Walters said in an email.
Walters said Burrell was arrested in the shopping center parking lot around 10:20 p.m. on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer.
The Tracy resident was cited and later released. It's unclear what prompted the arrest, but the rapper best known for 1990s mega-hits "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit to Quit," took to Twitter today to relay his side of the story.
According to Burrell, a police officer approached and arrested him without cause.
In one Tweet, he said the officer "was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said, 'Are you on parole or probation?'"
"It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help...but make no mistake, he's dangerous," he tweeted.
When asked to comment on the rapper's version of the arrest, Walters wrote in an email, "We patrol the area of Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center, especially at nighttime hours. That is about all I can say for now."
Bay City News