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Wyclef Jean Was Handcuffed & Detained by the LAPD in a Case of Mistaken Identity

Posted on the 22 March 2017 by Sumithardia

Early Tuesday morning/late Monday night, Wyclef Jean posted a series of tweets after an incident involving himself, some LAPD officers, a red bandana and a pair of handcuffs. The gist of the story is that Wyclef was apparently driving back to his hotel from the studio late Monday night and he was pulled over, handcuffed and placed in custody because he “looked like” a suspect in an armed robbery. My guess is that the description of the robbery suspect was “a black guy,” and the LAPD just started pulling over and handcuffing black guys and one of those guys happened to be Wyclef Jean. These are Wyclef’s tweets:
I was asked by the police to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017

Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person.
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017

They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person.
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017

I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent.
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017

As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the LAPD.
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017

Clef also posted two videos to his social media. One was an Instagram video where he tells the LAPD officers (while he’s in handcuffs) that they have the wrong guy and that he’s going to sue them. He says it calmly, but you can tell he’s upset. Then there’s this video:
LAPD another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs? pic.twitter.com/vjRfJUkooA
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) March 21, 2017

Wyclef’s spokeswoman issued a statement to People Magazine as well, saying that Wyclef wasn’t even driving the car, he had a driver, and when the LAPD pulled over the care, “he was brutally removed from the vehicle and subject to police brutality, racial profiling, police bias and the ongoing discriminatory practices of law enforcement officials which remain rampant throughout the United States and for which the L.A. Sheriff’s office is deeming a case of mistaken identity.” The spokeswoman says that Wyclef is “requesting a formal investigation into racial profiling by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD chief Charlie Beck and the LA Sheriff’s Department while calling upon the ACLU and Black Lives Matter to join him in defense of civil liberties and racial bias.”
For its part, the LAPD is basically apologizing for “any inconvenience” and they point out that Wyclef was only detained for “six minutes” before clearing him of any crime. While six minutes makes it sound like little more than an inconvenience and a random story about that time the LAPD thought he was an armed robber, let’s also admit that there was little reason to pull him out of a chauffeur-driven car and place him in handcuffs, right?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

Source: celebitchy.com

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