Lenny Kravitz Cuffed and Questioned in Case of Mistaken Identity

Kravitz cites racial profiling in robbery confusion
Posted Nov 30, 2000 at 12:00am
While taking a stroll with his gym trainer during a studio break last Friday, Lenny Kravitz was confronted by a Miami police officer who proceeded to cuff the rocker and question him about a bank robbery that had recently occurred.

According to a spokesperson for the musician, the officer didn't recognize Kravitz, but said he matched the profile of a suspect (an unshaven black man wearing green pants) who just moments before had held up a nearby bank at gunpoint. Kravitz was quickly surrounded by three police cars and a canine unit and was handcuffed, searched for weapons and detained for fifteen minutes. The identification process was further hindered by the fact that Kravitz didn't have any form of ID on him.

According to a management source, Kravitz is reportedly "very upset" about the incident and is attributing his detainment to racial profiling; the officers who picked him up were a mix of Latino and Caucasian. After a bank teller who witnessed the robbery was brought down to the scene and claimed that Kravitz wasn't their man, the officers apologized and released him.

Written by STEVE FLORIO for RollingStone.com News

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