Musician and philanthropist Wyclef Jean 47, was racially profiled in West Hollywood, California. Wyclef was also detained. Wyclef posted a short video to this morning to Twitter and Instagram where he wrote, “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?”
The officers handcuffed him in the overnight incident and took off his Haitian bandanna, he says in the clip, while a colleague shoots the video. “[They] have me in cuffs for absolutely nothing,” he says.
After a second tweet from Jean this morning, his representative issued a full statement later today asking police and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to follow up in the incident.
“After the vehicle he was being liveried in was pulled over and from which 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 LA Sheriff’s office is deeming a case of mistaken identity,” his rep said in the statement.
“As such, Mr. Jean 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.”