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Wyclef Jean Speaks Out Against Police Incident On “GMA” (VIDEO)

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Wyclef Jean Good Morning America Interview Arrest

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Wyclef Jean Good Morning America Interview Arrest

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Wyclef Jean appeared on Wednesday’s “Good Morning America,” where he spoke out about his wrongful detainment in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Watch the “GMA” video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, Jean was pulled over and detained by police on Tuesday morning after being wrongly mistaken as a suspect in an armed robbery. The hip hop artist was handcuffed by authorities because he matched the description of a man who had reportedly robbed a couple at gunpoint on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The real suspect, however, was later arrested. Now, Jean is speaking out about the incident with Robin Roberts on the morning show.

“For me, this is bigger than a black and white issue,” Jean said. “The sheriff’s report said there’s a car with a paper license plate. That’s what the people saw. My car was stopped and it had no paper license plates. After I got out the car, I had my backpack on, I was coming from the recording studio, and I’m automatically rushed. Guns were drawn, which is the part you don’t see. After the guns were drawn, I’m pulled over.”

Jean continued, describing what happened when he was pulled over by police. “I said my name is Wyclef Jean, and I’m taken and put in handcuffs in the back. Then I’m taken inside of the police car, and I’m detained in the back of the car in handcuffs.” “The point I want to make, and the racial profile point, is that basically I feel that I was targeted as a black man. It’s clear and it’s obvious,” he added.

“When I was getting out of the car, and the way the cops rushed me, the conversation I was having with them, it was a silent and deaf conversation. As a citizen, I feel it’s only right that if I’m telling you my name and who I am, it only takes a second with the technology we have to press a button and Google will tell you, this is Wyclef Jean,” he noted. “I got a chance to see what happens with a citizen versus the police first hand. I have to tell you, I was scared for my life.” Watch the full “GMA” interview below.

 


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