"I have family on both sides of the lens but I got a chance to see what happens with a citizen versus a police firsthand, and I have to tell you, I was scared for my life to the point where I could have acted different. And if acted different, something else would have happened to me," Jean told ABC News' "Good Morning America.”I suppose LAPD is no better than TonTon Macoute. But lets be real here. Wyclef is being a dramatic B.I.T.C.H. looking for drama and the press has given him a platform for his hysterics. Lets look at the report to see why any sane reporter should have challenged Mr Jean on his drama-queen behavior.
The episode started just after 1 a.m. Pacific time, when deputies were investigating a report that a man and a woman had been robbed at gunpoint and beaten at a Sunset Boulevard intersection.So the police got a call about a violent crime featuring a use of a firearm. So this is not a speeding ticket. This isn't expired registration. This isn't broken taillight. This is a looking for an armed suspect.
Sgt. Duncan said in a telephone interview that the suspect was described as a black man with a dark hoodie who fled in a gold or tan Toyota.Unfortunately a typical description of perps of violent crimes in urban areas. Don't hate me, hate the statistics. Wyclef needs to be MAD as hell about those statistics! Now we know that the police are looking for a black male in a hoodie, in a Toyota.
deputies pulled over a vehicle matching that description driven by a woman with a male passenger. When the man, who later turned out to be Mr. Jean, was seen wearing a red bandana, the victims, contacted by radio, said that the suspect had also been wearing one, Sgt. Duncan said.So police stopped a vehicle that matched the one seen at the alleged crime scene. With two passengers, which fits the profile, dressed in a manner that matches what the police were told. How is this "profiling"? It isn't. It's called police work.
Mr. Jean and the woman were told to get out of the car, and Mr. Jean was handcuffed and detained, Sgt. Duncan said. They were released when the victims said there was no female in the getaway car, and the three deputies and the sergeant at the location with Mr. Jean were also informed that the real suspect had been arrested elsewhere.The police had no choice but to behave as if the person they had stopped was the suspect. This means taking control of the situation and making sure that the suspect, believed to be armed, cannot draw their weapon. This means handcuffs. No it's not a nice thing to have happen. But that is what police do to protect themselves against criminals who may intend to kill them. Also of note, the "real" suspects were arrested not that far away from Wyclef. Which means that the police were doing their jobs in stopping vehicles that matched what they were told rather than some made up excuse to harass Mr. Jean.
Mr. Jean’s first tweet was posted at 4 a.m. Eastern, and was followed by a series of them describing what happened. Around 9 a.m., he summed up, “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.”Because police should do policing according to the policing expertise of Wyclef Jean. Right.
Mr. Jean’s descriptions about what happened to him were circulated on Twitter, with some remarking that it was an example of how quickly black men are treated as suspects in their encounters with law enforcement officers.Except of course the suspects were in fact black and therefore the police actions were completely justified. When is the media going to stop giving crybaby drama queen attention whore black folks platforms for their nonsense?