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Ice T says traffic arrest was a bum rap

By Alan Duke, CNN
  • NYPD says Ice T was stopped for no seat belt
  • Rapper uses Twitter to counter suspended license charge
  • Tweets from Ice T take aim at arresting officer
  • Ice T plays NYPD detective on TV

(CNN) -- Rapper-actor Ice T used Twitter messages to defend himself after he was charged with driving on a suspended license in New York City Tuesday morning.

"Some punk bitch rookie cop" arrested "the Notorious Ice T for no seatbelt," read a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon on Ice T's Twitter account. He included a last name and badge number for the officer, who he said "made the arrest of his bulls**t career."

A New York police spokesman confirmed to CNN that 52-year-old Tracey Morrow -- Ice T's real name -- was stopped by an officer in Midtown Manhattan for not wearing a seat belt at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

He was then arrested when the officer realized his driver's license was suspended, police said.

In answer to a Twitter follower's question, Ice T called the charge "some bulls**t they made up."

Ice T, who portrays an NYPD detective in NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," described what he said was an exchange of words with the arresting officer:

"He said 'I know who you are and I don't give a f**k!' That was right after I called him a punk bitch.. Then they questioned me about FLTG."

FTLG is the "Final Level Twitter Gang," which is what Ice T calls his followers, according to the Urban Dictionary.

Ice T also tweeted his surprise at how quickly news of the traffic stop spread online.

"Honestly, The fact that it made national news in 10min. Raises the question... How petty is our news today? What about the War and the Gulf?"

Ice T's rap career included the controversial 1992 song "Cop Killer."

CNN's Doug Ganley contributed to this report.