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Wyclef Jean handcuffed by LA County deputies after mistaken identity

Other | Tuesday 21st March 2017 | Idrees

Grammy Award winning Wyclef Jean was detained by Los Angeles authorities, in search of an armed robbery suspect.

The incident prompted the hip hop artist to share an 18 second clip in his Twitter account to where he mentioned “I was treated like a criminal”.

Jean said he was pulled over whilst returning from a recording studio. He adds he was not told why he was being cuffed, notifying them that they had the wrong person.

Sherrif’s Sgt. Charles Duncan said that patrol units pulled over a vehicle matching the description of a suspect vehicle. The suspect had robbed and pistol whipped two people in West Hollywood, they add.

Duncan mentioned that the victims of the crime had described that the assailant was wearing a red bandana, as Jean had also a red bandana.

Once the deputies received more information, they had realized that they attained the wrong person and Jean was released.

According to the sheriff’s office, the hip hop artist was detained for about six minutes.

Jean believes what happened to him was far worse than a case of mistaken identity.

A statement released by a spokesman for the actor and singer, calling for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD chief Charlie Beck and the LA Sheriff’s Department to formally investigate racial profiling. 

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