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Wrestler Claims Racial Profiling After Jaywalking Arrest

3/6/2011 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Former WWE star Shad Gaspard was arrested yesterday in Columbus, OH after what his wife claims was a jaywalking incident that turned into a case of racial profiling.

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Shad's wife Siliana tells TMZ her husband did not resist when a cop tried to bust him for jaywalking as he made his way to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. She says Shad got into a kneeling position to show he was not resisting ... but the cops shoved his face into the dirt anyway.

Siliana tells us Shad told her he felt like he was "being profiled" and "treated like a n****r."

Former UFC champ Josh Barnett, who was with Gaspard at the time, seemed to back up Shad's version of events on his Twitter page, posting last night, "Shad Gaspard arrested because a Columbus officer abuses his authority. False jaywalking charge + attitude turns to handcuffs and tackling."

According to law enforcement, Gaspard was arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Calls to the Columbus PD were not returned.


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16.

Siliana    

Some people on here should really think before they speak. And only post what you know is true, not assumptions. Shad was not drunk, he was there on business. He did not act improperly in any way. May all your naive souls be blessed, because you truly will need it to get through life with the way your mind is set.

1330 days ago
17.

ME    

He should have punched out the cop! Jay-walking arrest? HOW MUCH MORE STUPID ARE THE POLICE GOING TO GET? OBSTRUCTING BUSINESS, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, DRINKING IN PUBLIC, PUBLIC INTOXICATION? ALL A BUNCH OF BULLCRAP IN COLUMBUS AND THROUGHOUT AMREICA!

IT'S TIME TO GET POLICE PRIORITIES STRAIGHT! THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I HAD THE DISCUSSION TO DAY WITH A FRIEND THAT AMERICA NEEDS ANOHTER 9/11, JUST TO BRING EVERYONE BACK TO EARTH AND LEARN WHAT'S REALLY A PRIORITY.. NOT FRICKIN' J-WALKING.

HOW DUMB IS AMERICA? VERY.. VERY.

1330 days ago
18.

TMILLION    

RACE CARD MY ASS.IT'S TRUE,OHIO IS NOTHING BUT REDNECKS FROM W.VA. AND DUMB FAKE ASS NEO NAZI'S,WITH SIX GRADE EDUCATIONS.**** OHIO !!!

1330 days ago
19.

Superman    

It's not likely racial profiling. Police, today, are abusing their authority all over the USA. They are arresting EVERYBODY! It doesn't matter what your skin color is. They just want to show their bosses that they are bringing in money to the city/county/state and thus trying to give themselves job security and raises/promotions. I hate cops. I never met a cop that wasn't a liar, a cheater, a hypocrite, or an all-around lowlife.

1330 days ago
20.

Hisjules    

test

1330 days ago
21.

David Long    

This is so stupid. Guess Ohio has to get money some how, but jay walking let get real

1330 days ago
22.

YEEallday    

its almost tooo obvious that this man is on steroids

1330 days ago
23.

verna    

Don't the priviledged whites have anything else to do on this site but spew their uneducated and racist remarks while they're waiting for their hoods and gowns to dry for the next meeting?

1330 days ago
24.

Deonna    

We were there from the very beginning the cop bullied, provoked and instigated the whole incident. It was a clear case of racial profiling. If it wasn't then why was he the only one out of two Caucasians and one African American, to be singled out? The sad part is you guys that are commenting on this and weren't there are just as ignorant as the cop that harrassed this innocent man. How can you all sit and say that he is playing the "race card" when your first reaction was to become rascist and assume he was guilty?

1330 days ago
25.

JS    

1. From Columbus, Ohio and pretty sure "if racial profiling" was what was up, the dude is an A** and shouldn't be a cop. 2. Growing up here, I've seen some racial profiling sure, but not like that though. I'm sick of the race card already. Be a little more clever please if you're going to play the victim when it's probably not the case in the first place. OBEY the law. So difficult right????

1330 days ago
26.

by    

Why are blacks so racist? ....not ALL of them, but plenty of them are

1330 days ago
27.

Rufus    

F**K the police this is exactly whu everyone hates them with their constant abuse of power

losers who couldnt get laid on their own or be a success in life chose to sacrifice it all to get a badge and a stupid uniform

1330 days ago
28.

Kim    

Nothing new here, peeps....S.O.S....they always claim racial profiling or racism when they're caught doing something wrong or don't get their way.

1330 days ago
29.

Christy    

I live in Ohio. Columbus cops are ass88les. Doubt though it had to do with race...more just a power trip they are all on.

1329 days ago
30.

d246688    

I live in columbus oh, its not a backwards state, just because it doesnt have skyscrapers doesnt mean the people are retarded. Yeah some people are racist but what city doesnt have that. Point being i saw the situation and the cop was racially profiling him or treating him like **** for no reason. He wasnt resisting arrest.

1329 days ago
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