The police officers pulled over Wyclef’s car and promptly arrested him.
Someone was filming the situation and Wyclef Jean posted it on his Instagram and in the video, you see Jean in handcuffs saying, “LA, right now, coming from the studio. Y’all see the police have handcuffs on me. They just took off my Haitian bandana. That’s what’s going on with Wyclef in LA right now. The L.A.P.D. have me in handcuffs for absolutely nothing.”
But Wyclef Jean incorrectly identified the police officers as LAPD when they were in fact from the sheriff’s department.
After Wyclef publicly blasted the LAPD on Twitter and Instagram, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a public apology to Wyclef Jean on behalf of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Jean was detained for six minutes during this investigation, as he had no involvement whatsoever in this violent crime.” They said they regretted the mistake, but it was a lawful detention in the interest of “catching dangerous and armed suspects. 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,” the cops said in a statement.