The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office is apologizing to Grammy-winning artist Wyclef Jean for mistaking him as a robbery suspect and detaining him.
Early Tuesday morning [March 21] Wyclef was pulled over by police looking for a robbery suspect. The car he was driving and the red bandana he was wearing, matched the description that the robbers were thought to be in. During their investigation, police handcuffed the rapper/singer/producer and detained him for six minutes as his two female passengers watched.
“I was asked by the police to put my hands up,” says ‘Clef about the incident. “Then I was told do not move. I was instantly handcuffed before being asked to identify myself and before being told why. In the process, I said my name and told them they have the 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 someone who has law enforcers in my family, I was appalled by the behavior of the LAPD.”
Realizing their mistake, the Sheriff’s office has offered an apology. In the statement, they apologized “for any inconvenience this process caused Mr. Jean” and that “it is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation, as he had no involvement whatsoever in this violent crime.”
No word on if Jean will take legal action against the department.