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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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46.

jmk    

I think he's probably right.

544 days ago
47.

Majestik    

He's just pissed off that the cop didn't recognize him and ask for an autograph. STFU and let the cops do their jobs, oh and yeah, listen to the other posters on this board, legalize your damn custom chevy, you aren't above the law.

544 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

Reality check you moron. If you were pulled over last year fopr no fromnt license plate and got pulled over again for the same thing, then you made a conscious decision not to fix the front tag in the first place. Stop blaming the police for your being an arrogant ahole.

544 days ago
49.

Anthony    

Lucky your not hispanic and in PHOENIX !! lol

544 days ago
50.

JB    

How about getting a front plate and taking care of the illegal tint on your windows...............

544 days ago
51.

eliz    

Get a front license plate and these things will not happen..end of story.

544 days ago
52.

bmwm369    

Skinny little piss ant bitch. What a loser!

544 days ago
53.

amy    

somebody should tell ol' travis that maybe if he puts plates on his truck (which we're ALL required to have), the police may stop "profiling" him. It's really not a difficult concept.

544 days ago
54.

Bill Leslie    

oh please, you can't do the whole "LOOK AT ME" rock star and tat freak thing and then not expect people to look and react. Actions have consequences. Welcome to the thug life you were evidently trying to accomplish.

544 days ago
55.

KnuckleDragger    

If you got a ticket a year ago for no front plate...then put a plate on to have the ticket signed off...then removed the plate again...you're just asking to get pulled over again.


If you're adamant about not running a front plate...then move to one of the 19 states that don't require one.

544 days ago
56.

lucy    

yes, sound like they are profiling - people without the proper license plates. GET & KEEP plates like the rest of us!!

544 days ago
57.

tony gee    

If I were a cop who saw a guy [of any race] without a front License plate, I, too, would have stopped him because it is illegal. Then, if he stepped out of the car and I saw that his body is full of tattoos, I would also be suspicious that he is a drug user and an ex-convict.

There was a time when people who have tattoos were only ex-convicts and that is how we could tell who is who?

I do not understand the need of these young people for tattoos and they say it is a reminder of something from their past. Don't we have pictures for that?

544 days ago
58.

peoplearesilly    

So I guess you can break the law not driving legally, and the cry profiling when you ****ed up in the first place? Lots of people get cited for that. You should too. So break the law, get pulled over, looking like a gang member (and I'm sorry you do) then pull the CELEBRITY card? How's that working for you? You are no privileged, regardless of what you may think. Not when it comes to the LAW. Get over your fricking self already.

544 days ago
59.

ERIC    

How about you make your vehicle legel like everybody else has to, and quit crying like a bit*h.

544 days ago
60.

Fictiondictation    

Put plates on your cars! Problem solved. How is it profiling when there is something wrong with your car

544 days ago
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