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Wyclef Jean Detained By the LAPD for Being Black

Wyclef Jean was handcuffed and detained this morning in L.A., after being mistaken for a suspect in an armed robbery.

Wyclef Jean was detained earlier this morning in Los Angeles after he was mistaken for a suspect in an armed robbery. The singer says he was handcuffed by police officers at a gas station, without being told why.

“LAPD, another case of mistaken identity. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working, but I'm in handcuffs?” said Wyclef.

He was eventually released after police officers figured out that they had the wrong person.

Wyclef documented the events on Instagram and Twitter and even shared a video of the incident.

First of all, why don't they know who Wyclef Jean is?

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, why is this still happening?

Remember that very expressive song that N.W.A. wrote all those years ago about the mistreatment of young black men by the police? Or the riots that occurred in L.A. following the acquittal of the cops who mercilessly beat Rodney King? These things happened decades ago, but even after all this time, it appears that the LAPD's track record is still trash. Let this be yet another reminder to them that BLACKNESS IS NOT A CRIME.


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