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Travis Barker

LAPD is PROFILING Me

10/21/2012 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1019-travis-barker-getty-tattoosTravis Barker believes an LAPD officer pulled him over, and immediately labeled him a drug-toting gang member -- and says it's second time he's been "profiled" by law enforcement ... TMZ has learned.

Travis was on his way to pick up his daughter in L.A. Wednesday, when he got pulled over for not having a front license plate on his custom Chevy.

According to Barker's rep ... the officer gave him the ole once-over, saw his head-to-toe tatts ... and "then accused him of having drugs and weapons in the car."

Barker's rep tells TMZ ... he was also accused of having gang ties, and was asked to have his car searched by the officer -- which Barker allowed him to do.

Barker's rep tells TMZ , the drummer ultimately got off with a fix-it ticket -- but he's still pissed because the same exact thing happened about a year ago ... when an LAPD officer slapped him with a ticket for no plates and tinted windows.

Barker believes profiling is NOT okay -- but acknowledges that not all cops do it.

TMZ spoke with an LAPD rep who refused to comment on Travis' profiling accusation. The rep did say Travis is welcome to come in to any station to sit down and talk about the situation.

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TheEric    

You can't make yourself look like a freak then cry when people treat you differently. If you didn't want to get treated suspiciously, then you shouldn't have made yourself look like a gang member.

729 days ago
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Max    

Get over your over-inflated self worth. No one cares about you. You look like a gang banging criminal because you're covered in ink. Tats are fine, covering your body is mental. Well done LAPD.

729 days ago
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Jen    

When you choose to appear a certain way, you will be treated a certain way. Profiling may not be fair or ok, but it is done and will always be done.

729 days ago
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robert    

Alright, I have met Travis at a drum clinic, and he couldn't be any nicer. However, with all of those tats it does sometimes symbolize a rough and tough lifestyle many times including drugs. That being said even Justin Bieber has tatoos so that really has destroyed the whole cred thing. So in the future cops will become more than likely become lenient.

729 days ago
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Kay    

I find it hard to believe there's a cop in LA who doesn't know who Travis Barker is. Even if they don't like his music, he was all over the news for a long time due to the accident.

729 days ago
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Bruiser    

The cop probably didn't accuse him, he probably just asked him. Like he would ask anyone else if they had had anything to drink or had drugs or weapons in the car. It's normal procedure. He was pulled over because of a missing licence plate which gave him the legal right to pull you over Einstein, not because you look so silly with all your stupid tattoos.

729 days ago
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stu    

PUT A SHRT ON!!!!
Me thinks David Beckham is going this nasty excessive tat route.

729 days ago
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Vernon P. Alarcon    

turtle-looking freak show!!! Fix the cop attractors on your cars and always wear a turtleneck when driving around. and move to east LA where you will fit in better in public

729 days ago
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tidegirl    

ummm how bout getting your car legal and maybe you wont get pulled over and tickets, hate celebrities who think they are above the law, and then cry that they are being "profiled"... give me a break!!!!

729 days ago
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tidegirl    

ummm how bout getting your vehicles street legal and maybe you wont get tickets? Hate it when celebrities feel like they are above the law, and then cry that they are being "profiled" .....

729 days ago
11.

Jenn    

How about you put a tag up front like the law requires and the cops won't have a reason to pull you over?

729 days ago
12.

go home!    

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAA! Barker, you are a dumb ass!!!!! You got pulled over for not having plates and also tinted windows! THAT IS AGAINST THE LAW! DON'T BREAK THE LAW AFTER YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN TICKETED & WARNED ABOUT IT A YEAR PRIOR AND YOU WONT GET PULLED OVER!!! The tats DO make you look like a hoodlum, so tough shyte for being searched after you were pulled over for your illegal act of having no plates on your car. That is what happens when you present yourself like that to society. Oh, and FYI, non-tatooed people who don't have plates or have dark tinted windows get pulled over too, for BREAKING THE LAW.
IDIOT!

729 days ago
13.

Tuco     

Put a frontnplate on and don't tint ur windows foolio!

729 days ago
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Chris    

Someone covered in tattoos obviously has bad judgment, so I can see why the cop was suspicious. You did it to yourself, Travis.

729 days ago
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Kristina    

Idea... get a license plate

729 days ago
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