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Wyclef Jean requests formal investigation into handcuffing incident, L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. responds


Heads MusicAfter being handcuffed as a result of a case of mistaken identity in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Wyclef Jean is now demanding an investigation.

As previously reported, Clef was pulled over in LA and handcuffed because he matched the description of a suspect being sought in what was initially described as a gas station robbery, and was riding in a similar car. He was eventually released, and the real suspects caught.  But during the ordeal, Clef threatened to “sue the LAPD,” though it was sheriff’s deputies who were responsible.

Now, Wyclef’s spokesperson has released a statement describing how her client was “brutally removed from the vehicle and subject to police brutality, racial profiling, police bias,” and more.

The statement adds, “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.”

Meanwhile, the L.A. Sheriff’s department issued a statement saying that Wyclef was detained for all of six minutes, and explains that he was handcuffed due to the “violent nature” of the crime, the similarity of the suspect vehicle to Mr. Jean’s vehicle, the time of day…and Mr. Jean’s furtive movements and demeanor.”

The statement continues also notes that Wyclef accepted the business card of the supervisor who invited him to contact him to discuss the matter further.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation…” the statement concludes. “…The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is apologetic for any inconvenience this process caused Mr. Jean.  We are grateful we were able to apprehend the robbery suspects and that no one was seriously injured.” 

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