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Dublin Police Offer Details On Arrest Of MC Hammer

DUBLIN (CBS SF) - Dublin police have released more details about the arrest of rapper MC Hammer near the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center last week.

Officers spotted a vehicle parked at the Shell gas station near the shopping center at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday and noticed it had expired registration tags, police Lt. Herb Walters said.

The driver, 50-year-old Stanley Kirk Burrell—better known as MC Hammer—could not produce any proof that the vehicle was his and became uncooperative with the officers, Walters said.

Burrell was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties and resisting an officer.

The Tracy resident was booked into the Santa Rita Jail but posted bail and was released, Walters said.

Burrell told his side of the story over Twitter.

According to Burrell, a police officer approached him 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," he tweeted.

He then tweeted, "only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge."

Officers found an expired registration in the car but were unable to contact the registered owner, who was not Burrell, Walters said.

Burrell has a court date set for Mar. 21. On Twitter, he called his arrest a "teachable moment" and an "eye opener."


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