Wyclef Jean Handcuffed By L.A. Sheriffs Because He "Fit The Description" Of A Robbery Suspect (Video)

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Wyclef Jean is heated at the L.A. County Sheriff's Department following an incident Tuesday, March 21, when he was temporarily handcuffed.

The former member of The Fugees and two female passengers, one of them is his manager, were leaving the studio when they were pulled over at 1:30 a.m. in West Hollywood.

According to TMZ, the cops said the singer's vehicle and his red bandana fit the description of an armed robbery suspect.

One of the female passengers began to film once Wyclef was cuffed.

"I'm in L.A. right now coming from the studio with T-Baby. And y'all see the police have handcuffs on me," 'Clef says. "They just took off my Haitian bandana. The LAPD have me in cuffs for absolutely nothing."

Wyclef was eventually allowed to leave. The person police were looking for was apprehended soon after the stop.

The singer later took to his Twitter account to detail what happened.

"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. Nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person," he wrote. "They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person. I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent. As some one who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by this behavior of the LAPD."

The Sheriff's Department told TMZ that the stop was "lawful" and "reasonable" because there was an armed criminal on the loose and his description closely matched Wyclef.

As for why Wyclef was handcuffed, the Sheriff's claim he failed to follow commands, including not to put his hand near his waistband.

The department says they are "apologetic for any inconvenience this process caused Mr. Jean."  

Wyclef's attorney wants LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD chief Charlie Beck and The LASD to open a formal investigation into racial profiling. 

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Comment by Fly Miss on March 24, 2017 at 10:09am
First of all... it wasn't the LAPD, it was the HollywoodPD And second... I thought All Lives Matter Wyclef??? Maybe you see what we've been saying all along...
Comment by Ryan Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 12:49am
Im glad he never mentioned anything about being "black" from this situation although the LASD is to open a formal investigation into racial profiling...that last part I say is BULL SHIT...WHY? Well I'm a 30 yrd old white male and about 7 years ago, this exact same thing happened to me...(oddly specific too) So just a little FYI...this crap can happen to ANYONE OF ANY color...
Comment by F***THEWORLD on March 22, 2017 at 12:37am
To be fair, Wyclef is a known thief. So he shouldn't be so outraged.
Comment by WHOOOO on March 21, 2017 at 10:46pm
you fit the description because you were wearing a bandana. Who the fuck still wears bandana now a days... unless you bout to rob someone
Comment by Quit Hatin on March 21, 2017 at 9:34pm
It crazy how a job that takes no education to possess or no special skill set has all the power over people
Comment by dee on March 21, 2017 at 7:31pm
Law enforcement in LA always been racist af. Wyclef not complaining! He bringing attention & shedding light on a situation. Speaking on it is doing more than not saying anything
Comment by Big_FRED_420 on March 21, 2017 at 6:32pm
Shit aint right.. But complaining aint gonna do shit about those type of situations...
Comment by Big_FRED_420 on March 21, 2017 at 6:30pm
I been thru that.. Pause, Thats fucked up

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