Wyclef Jean was reportedly wrongfully arrested earlier today (March 21) and he definitely isn't shying away from voicing his outrage regarding the situation.
As reported, the recording artist was handcuffed and briefly detained by authorities in Los Angeles after being pulled over around 1:25 a.m. this morning. The reason? According to Jean, "absolutely nothing."
According to the New York Times, Jean was mistaken for a suspect in a robbery that took place near the studio he had been working in, resulting in his being detained by the LAPD.
Taking to Twitter, the musician began live-tweeting the situation into the wee hours of the morning, composing a series of detailed posts about the incident and sharing an accompanying video clip to begin capturing evidence he did nothing wrong.
"LAPD another case of mistaken identity," he wrote. "Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?"
As the incident unfolded, it became known that the real suspect had since been apprehended and Jean and the woman he was with were then released, namely because the victims said there was no female in the original getaway car fleeing the scene of the crime.
According to police, the whole situation lasted about six minutes. But that was more than enough time to truly upset the musician, with him claiming he was "instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify [himself]."
Jean detailed his own experience openly and without a filter, further shining a light on how authority figures routinely treat suspects of color unfairly, thus sparking a heated conversation on social media in turn.
Take a look at the Grammy Award-winning artist's retelling of his recent run-in with the LAPD in the series of tweets below.
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
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
we are all suspects. https://t.co/k1uPQmej8O— deray mckesson (@deray) March 21, 2017
(Photo: Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
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