MC Hammer Arrested for Expired Registration, No "Cooperation" With Police

MC Hammer refused to answer police questions about unregistered car.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Feb 25, 2013  |  Updated 11:02 AM PDT
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Musician MC Hammer performs during the Dreamforce 2012 conference at the Moscone Center on September 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

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Please, Hammer, don't refuse 'em next time.

Rapper, dancer and technology entrepreneur MC Hammer, aka Stanley Kirk Burrell, was arrested in a Dublin mall parking lot Thursday for refusing to answer questions about the unregistered car he was driving, according to police.

Now, Dublin police responded briefly to what they say happened: "He had expired registration on a vehicle that was not registered to him. He refused to give the officer any information on the owner. MC Hammer became very argumentative and continued to refuse to answer any questions about the vehicle," according to the police statement reported by the Bay Area News Group.

Hammer - known for his hit,  "U Can't Touch This" - broke the news of his own Saturday arrest via a stream of angry Twitter posts, in which he complains that a police officer approached his vehicle to ask him if he was on parole or on probation, in an apparent episode of alleged racial profiling. Hammer has since become more quiet on social media.

Hammer was arrested at the Hacienda Crossings shopping center on "ssuspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer," according to police. The car had an expired registration and was registered to "someone else," police said.

When an officer approached Hammer's vehicle, following the star's visit to the gym, the rapper "refused" to answer questions, according to Bay Area News Group. He was subsequently arrested, cited, and released.



Hammer is an Oakland native and lives in Tracy, according to reports. He is known for his ministry as well as embracing technology, and is close with San Francisco power brokers like venture capital titan Ron Conway.

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