Two and a half years ago, Bob Dylan got stopped by the police.
Someone called the police because they saw a white guy wandering around a minority neighborhood, in the rain, looking at houses. Sounds kind of like what Trayvon Martin did to look suspicious, doesn’t it?
The incident began at 5 p.m. when a resident said a man was wandering around a low-income, predominantly minority neighborhood several blocks from the oceanfront looking at houses. The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name. According to Woolley, the following exchange ensued:
“What is your name, sir?” the officer asked.
“Bob Dylan,” Dylan said.
“OK, what are you doing here?” the officer asked.
“I’m on tour,” the singer replied.
A second officer, also in his 20s, responded to assist the first officer. He, too, apparently was unfamiliar with Dylan, Woolley said.
The officers asked Dylan for identification. The singer of such classics as “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” said that he didn’t have any ID with him, that he was just walking around looking at houses to pass some time before that night’s show.
The officers asked Dylan, 68, to accompany them back to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, where the performers were staying. Once there, tour staff vouched for Dylan.
The officers thanked him for his cooperation. “He couldn’t have been any nicer to them,” Woolley added.
Unlike Tyler Perry, Bob Dylan didn’t act like an asshole with the cops, and he didn’t make a big stink afterwards about being racially profiled.