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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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31.

Paul    

This is true I was there... This was over the Arnold Classic weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The police had no right to arrest him. There were around a hundred people watching on vine st next to the north market. This is outrageous, people were recording this and arguing with the police. I hope it gets posted up. It's unbelievable.

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32.

delightfullydelusional    

What happened to the New Age Outlaws?

1225 days ago
33.

Strong Machine    

Cryme Tyme never won gold.

1225 days ago
34.

Bridget     

Columbus Ohio is one of the most liberal cities in the state. However, racism is still around. EVERYWHERE. Don't just assume that all Ohioans are dumb racists.

1225 days ago
35.

yessir    

ARRESTED FOR JAYWALKING? Wow something is up with that police department.

1225 days ago
36.

Cartman    

I'm sure steroids had nothing to do with it.

1225 days ago
37.

Mee    

Not dark enough to be RACIALLY PROFILED AS AFRICAN AMERICAN
Looks like he just left the parking lot of HOME DEPOT OR mowed somebody's lawn,
WITHOUT ARIZONA PAPER'S !!

1225 days ago
38.

nathan    

i'm from columbus ohio and columbus cops take jay walking seriously.
you need to know the city you are visiting!

its not racial though they get everybody

1225 days ago
39.

caron    

OMG those are some guns i am all for,

1225 days ago
40.

Neil    

There is so much racism in this thread it is amazing. Do you people actually read the stuff you type? wow.

1225 days ago
41.

Greg    

Stop doing racist sh*t and wouldn't have to play the race card.... you prejudice motherf*ckers!!!!!

1225 days ago
42.

DC91    

White people came up with "race card" so they can write-off racism every time it's reported.

1225 days ago
43.

Greg    

Don't give a dam what you a feed up with lady... F U

1225 days ago
44.

Danny    

To a lot of the white posters on here who yell out "race card", your skin tone pretty much shields you from a lot of many other have to go through. So being profiled would be a foreign concept to a lot of whites. Hell, you (or those of other races who kiss your ass)are the ones doing it to others who are not as privileged; and then you have the gall to tell other people to shut up and suck it up.

1225 days ago
45.

mike    

yo i live here to and they are RACIST here and it's not like that im black cause im not i have been in the car with 3 of my black friend we get pulled they make them get out to be searched while i stayed in the car so what does that say

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