MC Hammer Gets the Slammer for 'Obstructing and Resisting' an Officer

The rapper was arrested in Dublin on Feb. 21 and booked into the Santa Rita Jail for obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer.

Updated as 2/24/13 as of 5:25 p.m.:

Bay Area rapper and musical entrepreneur, MC Hammer was booked in the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on Thursday night for obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer, Lieutenant Herb Walters said.

The Oakland native, who currently lives in the East Bay, was arrested by Dublin Police Services on Feb. 21 at the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center, according to Walters.

Walters wrote, via email:

"He was booked and released from Santa Rita Jail. No alcohol or drugs were involved." 

According to Bay City News, 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."

MC Hammer, also known as Stanley Kirk Burrell, is best known for his 1990 hit song "U Can't Touch This" along with his trademark "puffy pants" worn on stage.

The rapper, who lives in Tracy, said on Twitter Saturday morning that a police officer tapped on his car window and asked him,  '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

According to KGO-TV San Francisco, Hammer was contacted by Dublin Police for having expired registration.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Jennifer Henson March 10, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Cefalu', it is obvious that you have a good understanding of US law. However, your implication that US citizens are better protected from their government than any other country is very unfortunate. For it is an inaccurate generalization. And, in my opinion, it weakens the impact of your otherwise interesting comments.
Cefalu' March 10, 2013 at 04:23 PM
JandR, on paper, the US looks very good for the rights of its citizens, and ties a number of other countries for first place in civil liberties. In practice, however, the US falls short of its paper promise. You could judge a country by the number of people it has rotting away in its jails. And, JandR, you would be right if that's the metric you used. The United States has the highest rate of its citizens imprisoned of any country on this planet. Evil Russia comes in at second place. Yes, the US holds the dubious distinction of first place for imprisoned persons. We imprison 715 persons per each 100,000 of our population. By comparison the prisoner rates in Canada and Europe runs closer to 100 persons for each 100,000 population. You have a 7 times greater chance of finding yourself in jail in the US than in Canada or Europe.
vicki March 14, 2013 at 02:13 AM
@ Chris - I like your detailed explanations. Thanks.
vicki March 14, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I agree with LIVERMORE POLICE IS CORRUPT. And I am a 51 yr old law abiding citizen of Livermore. The story the boy writes about above is not mythical. Sadly, it is the truth. Chris, it's not that you are wrong but you've not seen how the LPD acts towards young adults. MANY adults haven't seen it. I've seen it time and time again with my son - who is 21, who has good friends who are also law abiding citizens. The police are relentless. He has gotten pulled over & harassed MANY times. He does not smoke marijuana and is not a trouble-maker. But God-forbid him drive his (not tricked out) Honda Accord with a hat on down Portola after 10pm. He went to Luckys for me just 2 wks ago. After 30 min, I walked outside to see if he was on his way. As usual, there was a police car behind him, and ANOTHER driving up - lights lit up, the works. When I walked over (34 degrees outside), he was in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car. I introduced myself to the policeman and asked what was going on. The answer: A car of this description was involved in a robbery, just making sure. REALLY? ALL of the items in the trunk were pulled out and they were searching the inside of his car. He had already been searched. He said that it was only after I got there that the policemen started being nice to him. He also says it happens so often that he is just used to it. I asked if the police were always mean to him. He said, 'Always, mom.' He gets straight A's @ Cal State East Bay & obeys the law. Comments?
Chris Heston April 19, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Cefalu, you have enough knowledge of the law to get yourself in trouble. You read some books but misapply the sections to reality. You don't seem to have a grasp of applying your knowledge. You also take people's statements and blatantly twist them. I hope you aren't actively practicing any kind of law. I never stated nor implied that police can stop people for no reason. Where do you get this stuff? I'm talking about what an officer can do once he has detained someone. Traffic Violations occur all the time and are easily witnessed and addressed with traffic stops. Then the investigation starts. Police do their job and are paid to do such. Your claims have no basis in fact. They are the rants of someone with no practical experience in life. I'm done arguing. We'll agree to disagree, but your application of the law on these posts is generally incorrect.


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