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“I was treated like a criminal” – Wyclef Jean shares his Experience with LAPD Officers in a Case of Mistaken Identity



Singer Wyclef Jean took to his social media page a couple of hours ago to share details of how he was detained by LAPD officers who were searching for a criminal and ignored his protests that he wasn’t the person they were looking for.

He wrote on Instagram, “Why am I in Handcuffs!!!!!????? This is what I said to the LAPD after they put me in Handcuffs for mistaken identity!!!!!!! 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 and before being told why. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person. They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal. 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 the bahavior of the LAPD.”

NBC News contacted the LAPD for their comments about the situation and according to the department; they mistook him for a black man wearing a red bandana who had robbed a gas station at around 1 am in the West Hollywood area. Wyclef Jean who also had on a red bandana was ordered out of his car but was subsequently released when it was confirmed he wasn’t the suspect.

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Photo Credit: Instagram – @wyclefjean


  1. Babe

    March 21, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I guess we can expect an album about this pretty soon…

    • Frank teacher

      March 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Dialo Dialo…
      Have you ever been held, against your wish…

  2. Deleke

    March 21, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Wild Wild Wild West, I was arrested by the LAPD, in LA?

  3. kkay

    March 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    That’s how they shoot innocent black folks.

    • Sam B

      March 21, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      If he had struggled or even raised his voice, they would’ve killed him.
      America is not a safe place for black people

  4. Joke

    March 22, 2017 at 1:38 am

    & this is news in America cos? It happens everyday now, so unfortunately, next!

    • Diamond

      March 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Your comment is stupid as it is senseless

  5. Abi

    March 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Well he said all lives matter so please shut up and enjoy

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